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NOTES FROM MY BIBLE 



FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION 



BY 

D. L. MOODY 



FLEMING H. REVELL COMPANY 

CHICAGO : : : NEW YORK : : : TORONTO 

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1895, by 

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In the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington. D. C. 



TO THE READER. 



THE power of anecdote and illustration to press home 
the truth into the hearts and minds of their hearers is 
largely utilized by preachers and teachers of to-day. 

The occasion often happens, however, when an anecdote 
would put the text out of sight, and when some trite say 
ing, some deep thought crystallized into a few words, would 
serve the preacher s purpose better, in order to flash light 
upon his subject. 

During the course of my reading, I have always tried to 
gather " nuggets" by the way, and make a note of them on 
the margins and blank leaves of my Bible. I have found 
it to be a useful habit, preserving for use many seed- 
thoughts and apt sayings that otherwise would have es 
caped my memory. 

Notes from My Bible " is the harvest of many years 
gathering in this direction, and I want it to be distinctly 
understood that its contents are not claimed to be original. 
The flowers in this book have been culled from many gar 
dens. I would be glad to give full credit to the men to 
whom I am indebted, by attaching their names to their 
sayings ; but I found that this could be done only very 
pnrtialh*, and therefore decided to omit names in every 
instance. 

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TO THE READKlt. 



The arrangement of the book is simple. Over against 
the text is the thought or illustration. At the beginning 
of the books and chapters of the Bible is placed whatever 
has a general reference to that section. A number of 
miscellaneous outlines are added at the end of Revela 
tion. 

I take this opportunity of impressing upon you, reader, 
the advantage of making notes. Let this book serve you 
not only as a storehouse, but also as a stimulus. Whether 
you are minister or layman, you will find that you will 
grow more deeply interested in your Bible day by day if 
you follow the course of making notes of sayings similar 
to those contained in this volume, of outline sermons, and 
of anything that helps to light up some well-known truth 
and fasten it in the memory. It is a good thing to be 
ready with new thoughts to present the old truths of the 
Bible. 

God grant that this lxx>k may be very helpful to you. 




NOTES FROM MY BIBLE 

OLD TESTAMENT 



THE BIBLE. 



THIS Book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you 
from this Book. 

Here search, and proat shall bo your store : 
Horn drink, and you shall thirst no more. 

Sir Walter Scott, on bis deathbed, said, "There is but 
one Book," and asked his friends to read the Bible. 

Dean Stanley used to peruse a book first for the story, 
second for the thought, third for the style three separate 
readings. A good rule to follow in reading the Ixxjks of 
the Bible. 

In reading the word of God, I am not only to arrive at 
comprehension, but also at appropriation. 



NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 



GENESIS. 

Adam illustrates Human nature. 

Cain " The carnal mind. 

Abel " The spiritual mind. 

Enoch Communion. 

Noah Regeneration. 

Abraham " Faith. 

Isaac Sonship. 

Jacob Service. 

Joseph " Suffering and glory. 

THE BOOK OF BEGINNINGS. 

Creation, chapter 1. 

Origin of Human Race, 1 : 26. 

" Sabbath, 2:2, 3. 

Marriage, 2:18, 21-24. 

Sin and Death, 2:16, 17; 3:4-7. 

" Sacrifice (grace), 3:21. 

" Covenant Promises, 8:20-22; 9:1-17. 
" " Nations, Races, and Tongues, 10:11. 

The Chosen People, 12:1-3. 

Genesis 1. How the world was made. 

Genesis 3. How lost. 

John 1. How redeemed. 

Rev. 20. How to be reconstructed. 

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10 NOTES FROM Vr BIBLE. 



Gen. 1. Seven stages of creation, illustrative of stages in 

the new creation: chaos, brooding of the Spirit, 

light, life, growth, fruit, rest. 

Creation, light, separation, growth, fruit-bearing. 

God creating, moving, speaking, observing, calling, 

dividing, blessing. 
"It was so" seven times. 
"It was good" seven times. 
"God" Elohirn thirty-one times; in every verse 

but five. 

Verse 1. God the Father. 
" 2. God the Spirit. 
" 3. God the Son. (See John 8:12.) 
" 3. Conversion. 
4 4 7. Separation. 
44 12. Fruit-l>earing. 
1 : 1. The Bible oi>ens without an apology. 

41 1 do not know anything more difficult to believe 
than just the first veree of the Bible. If we 
master this verse, anything else that happened 
in the heavens or in the earth which God created 
will not stumble us." 
" Through faith we understand that the worlds were 

framed by the word of God." Heb. 12:3. 
God first came down to create, then to save. To 
create, God ii:id only to sj>eak ; to redeem, he had 
to suflVr. lie made man by His breath ; He 
saved him by His blood. Rom. 5:0. 
26. In l>earing God s image, man could bear God s rule. 
He who gave His image to us must of necessity like 
to see His image in us. 



GENESIS. 11 



1 : 26. Man is the excellency of the creature ; the saint is 
the excellency of the man. 

2 : 2. God rested on the seventh day, yet he had not made 
woman ! In making her, he seems to have be 
gun again. woman, love thy maker ! 
4. "Lord God" in the Hebrew, Jehovah Elohim. 

8. Eden is our home ; we are exiles now. 

9. Not the tree of knowledge in general, but the test- 

tree, by which Adam would gain the knowledge 
of good and evil. 

The tree of knowledge has often been planted and 
has flourished where the tree of life never grew. 

17. When all around was life, God spake of death. 

Now, when all is death, God speaks of life. 

18. How does God propose to meet loneliness ? For 

man to be alone means suicide; for two men to 
gether, homicide (Cain slew Abel); the only 
chance of keeping society together is by the 
marvelous influence of woman. 

21. In forming woman, God did not take a part from 
his head to dispute his supremacy; nor from his 
feet, lest he should despise her; but from near 
his heart so that he should love and cherish her. 
So much is being done for us when we are uncon 
scious of it ! 

3: 1. God tests the devil tempts. 

God made man for his crwn glory, but he joined the 

devil and became a rebel. 
Satan began with the woman because novelty and 



12 NOTES FROM J/T DIBLE. 

mystery appeal more to her than to man. Also 
because woman can influence man more than any 
one else. 

"Every"- R. V. reads "any." Thus Satan lies. 

If woman originally tempted man away from God, 
now she tempts him back. 

Satan s three lies are still in the world : 

1. God does not love you, for He has forbidden 

some things. 

2. Ye shall not surely die. 

3. Ye shall be as gods. 

3 : 3. Man lost life by l>clieving the devil, and regains it 
by believing the Son of God. We must rise at 
the point where we fell. 

" Lest ye die" spiritual and natural death which 
would begin the very moment they eat of the 
fruit, but which would not be completed on that 
day. But in both soul and l>ody the process 
was begun: they had passed the line that 
separated life and death. See Rom. 5 : 12. 

4. The first lie! 

5. Tempted to an upward fall! 

Satan s words are ambiguous. Eve s eyes were 
opened and she did know good and evil, but the 
experience was more bitter than she expected. 
They saw, not visions of glory, but their own 
nakedness and sinfulness. 

6. ( Good for food " " The lust of the flesh. " 

Pleasant to the eyes " " The lust of the eyes. " 



GENESIS. 13 



To make one wise " " The pride of life. 

1 John 2:16. 
Satan s pills are sugar-coated. 

We are sons and daughters of a woman who was 

too curious. 
9. God s first question "Where art thou?" Man 

asked the first question in the New Testament 

< Where is he? " See Matt. 2 : 2. 
God s second question was Where is Abel thy 

brother?" Ch. 4:9. Human responsibility. 
" Where art thou?" Hiding from God. Why? From 

fear. 
Reasons for fear : 

a. God s holiness. P]x. 3:6; Isa. 6; Rev. 
1:17. 

1>. Man s sinfulness. Job. 42:5, 6. 
Behind what to hide? 
It is impossible Prov. 28: 13; Amos 9: 2-4; Ps. 

139:7-12; Jonah 1:3. 

Only one safe hiding-place Jesus. Rev. 6:12-17. 
10. Men hide behind : 

a. False hopes. 

/>. Indifference. 

c. Excuses. 

d. Self-righteous acts. 

e. Innocence. 
/. Ignorance. 

14. The first curse! 

The serpent is the only animal with a bony skele 
ton that goes upon its belly. 



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3 : 16. Seven things that came by the Fall and have their 

complement in Christ: 
By the Fall:- In Christ: - 

V. 16. Pain. Isa. 53:11; Acts 2:24. 

V. 16. Subjection. Gal. 4:4. 

V. 17. The Curst-. Gal. 3:13. 

V. 17. Sorrow. Isa. 53:3. 

V. 18. Thorns. Matt. 27:29. 

V. 19. Sweat. Luke 22: 44. 

V. 19. Death. Phil. 2:8. 

"Night has fallen upon the guilty pair, but in the 
night there are stars that lead on to a manger, a 
child, a Saviour. " 

17. "Cursed is the ground. 1 The ground teaches 

many lessons : 

a. The land is the true wealth of a nation, 
and other trades and professions depend 
on it. 

k. You get nothing out of it except by labor. 

c. It teaches patient industry and hojrefulness: 
there is no use getting mad with it. So 
spiritual cultivation takes time. See James 
5:7; 2 Cor. 9:6; Gal. 6:7; Eccl. 11:6. 

18. Thorns the curse of man, the crown of Christ. 

20. The name "Eve" was not given until after the 

Fall. 

21. First occasion of death and of blood "Unto 

Adam also ami to his wife did the Lord God 
make coats of skins, and clothed them." 



GENESIS. 15 



Before Adam fell, he was clothed in glory. Pri 
marily, clothes are the trappings of guilt. 

3 : 21, 23. Grace. 
24. Government. 

Man by sin closed one way. Jesus opened a new 

and living way. 
Results of sin : 

3 : 8. Remorse ; alienation from God. 

3:9. Discovery. 

3:12, 13. Selfishness; blaming others. 

3 : 1(>, 17. Sorrow. 

3:10. Death. 

I: 1. When Eve bare Cain, she said "I have gotten 
a man from the Lord." Cain s subsequent con 
duct showed that the Lord had very little to do 
with him. 

Saint Augustine said he did not know but that his 
family would turn out bad, for in the family of 
Adam there was a murderous Cain. 
Noah a scoffing Ham. 

Abraham a persecuting Ishmael. 

Isaac a profane Esau. 

David an undutiful Absalom. 

Elisha a lying Gehazi. 

Christ s disciples a traitorous Judas. 
8. The first grave in the Bible was dug by a brother. 
Abel was the first solo singer iu heaven. The 
angels could not sing the song of redemption, 
of Moses and the Lamb. He was the first saint 
in the church triumphant. 



16 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 



As Abel s body was the first that took possession 
of the earth, so his soul was the first that was 
translated to heaven. 

4 : 9. Cain thought it was not his duty to be his brother s 
keeper, but did not consider it against his duty 
to be his brother s murderer. 

10. Abel s blood demanded vengeance on the murderer; 
Christ s blood spoke mercy, atonement, and 
pardon. 

Abel was a type of Christ, yet a contrast. His 
sheep died for him, but Christ died for his sheep. 
John 10 : 14. 

13. Oh, the consequences of sin! We can best know 
sin by its results and effects. Note its evil effect 
on personal appearance, character, etc. 

17. The first city established on earth. 
5 : A chapter of nobodys. 

"Names, nothing more. But such people are un 
justly underestimated. The best part of human 
history is never written. Guy Fawkes was well 
known, but your honest father was unknown, six 
doors from his house. You do n t know where 
a flat road will lead to: Seth to Jared, then 
Enoch ! Your son may be a big man yet. Me- 
thusalah was known for longest life, Blondin for 
walking a tight rope, but noblest deeds are 
often forgotten. " 

21 Enoch was one of the few men in the Bible against 
whom God had nothing. 



GENESIS. 17 



The Path of Fellowship with God. V. 24. 

The Path of Holiness before God. Gen. 17:1. 

The Path of Obedience after God. Deut. 13 : 4. 

Walking with God is a condition of life consistently 
lived through years; e. g. , Enoch, three hundred 
and sixty-five years. Not rapturous, occasional. 

Chief characteristic constant consciousness of 
God ; e. g. , husband and wife. 

Character of life (1) joyful. Ps. 16:11; (2) 
peaceful; (3) brave, because life is difficult. 
Ps. 118 :6, 14. 

How attained? Only by believers. (1) Remember 
God s promise to walk with us. Lev. 26 : 11, 12; 
(2) Keep out of our lives things that would of 
fend God and break communion. Separate your 
self from sin; e. g. , Enoch, Noah. 2 Cor. 6 : 
16, 17; (3) Wait upon God; cement the friend 
ship in secret. 

3. God s first warning : My Spirit shall not always 
strive with man. " 

6. Sin has troubled God. Has it troubled you? 

8. There are good men in the worst of times. Bad 
times test faith and virtue. 

"God saw that the wickedness of man was great in 
the earth, and that every imagination of the 
thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 
. . . But Noah found grace in the eyes of the 
Lord." Who would have looked for so fair a 
bird m so foul a nest? 
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18 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

7 : 1. The first "come" of the Bible is one of salvation 

"Come thou and all thy house into the ark." 
So is the last " come "" The Spirit and the 
bride say, Come. Anil let him that heareth 
say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. 
And whosoever will, let him take the water of 
life freely." Rev. 22:17. 

A woman was once telling what a wonderful preacher 
she had. Some one objected, saying that if he 
were, more people would go to hear him. But, " 
she asked, < were there many who went into the 
ark after Noah s preaching ?" 

The seven " forty days" of the Bible : 

(1.) Forty days of sin and its judgment. Gen. 

7:4, 12, 17. 
(2.) Forty days of law and mercy. Ex. 24 : 18 ; 

34 : 28. 
(3.) Forty days of faith and unbelief. Deut. 

9:9; Num. 13 : 14. 
(4.) Forty days of human weakness and divine 

strength. 1 Kings 19 : 1-8. 
(5.) Forty days of repentance and forgiveness. 

Jonah 3. 
(6.) Forty days of conflict and victory. Luke 

4 : 2. 
(7.) Forty days of redemption and glory. Acts 

1 :3. 

18. The Lord shut Noah and his family in, and shut all 
others out. 

8 : 90. Beautiful to think, that after the flood, there was a 

church before there was a house ! But human 



GENESIS. 19 

nature was the same. Destruction (for the sake 
of reform) was a failure as regards the survivors. 
Punishment can never regenerate the heart of 
man. 

The second dispensation was founded on the doc 
trine of atonement. With sacrifices Noah took 
possession of the new world. 

9 : 13. "I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a 
token of a covenant between me and the earth. " 
Old forms may be put to new uses. The stars 
and the sand may become Abraham s family 
register. Cultivate the spirit of moral interpre 
tation : then the rainbow will keep away the 
flood ; the fowls of the air will save you from 
anxiety ; the lilies of the field will assure you of 
tender care. 

11 : 3. Our business is to build upon a right foundation, 
and in a right spirit. Beware of atheistic build 
ing. 1 Cor 3:10. 

7. The Lord s ways of punishing and of fulfilling his 
purposes are many. Who would have thought 
of this means of scattering men Let us go 
down and there confound their language"? 

Has your tower been thrown down? Was it hon 
estly built? If so, remember, the foundation 
abideth forever. Continue to build and be 
assured of the final reward. 

98. Ur of the Chaldees has been unearthed. It was the 
seat of a public library. 



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12: 1. Man-made and God-made plant. 

11:3,4. " Go to, let us make, . . . let us build," 

luck. 
12:1,2. "Gettheeout, . . . I will make,"- 

God. 
The first was a failure: the second a success. 

Compare, Cain Abel ; Jacob Israel ; Saul 

-Paul. 
Gen. 11:3. They built Babe! with artificial 

bricks. 
Ex. 20:25. God commanded the Israelites to 

build altars out of stone. 

God s calls are upward; Christianity ennobles. 
Abram was the minister of God to all around him. 

Had he wavered, the others would have been 

disorganized. 

S. Flow did God fulfil his promise to Abram? 

7. Abram was on the right road, so God s faithful 
ness followed him. 

18. n. Reproof by the heathen for telling lies. 

b. The divine forbearance of human infirmity. 
God did not send Abram home in disgrace, but 
forgave his weakness. 

13; 4. Returning to first faith: from indifference, skepti 
cism, iniquity, etc. 

12. "Lot pitched his tent toward Sodom." Always 

unsafe. 

12, IS. A. great estate, but bad neighbors. So men take 
their families into a moral desert for the sake 
of a garden to play in. 



GENESIS. 21 



14 : A New Testament picture. We are all taken cap 
tives by Satan, but Christ recovers us. 

15 : 6. First use of believe," in the Bible. 

17. The awful furnace the cheerful lamp. . 

The furnace of conviction; the lamp of pardon. 

The furnace of trial ; the lamp of consolation. 

The furnace of want; the lamp of prosperity. 

The furnace of death; the lamp of glory. 

16 : 9. u Submission " is a great Christian law, but we find 

it early in Genesis. 

17 : 1. "The Almighty God " EL SHADDAI. 

See note to Gen. 5 : 24. 

18: 9. "Sarah thy wife." So Jesus called Zachaeus un^ 
expectedly by name. 

14. Abraham took God at his word, and so he became 
the friend of God. 

18. Abraham, in communion with God, knew, long be 

fore Lot himself, of the destruction of the city 
of Sodom. 

23. God transcends man s reason, mocks at his specu 
lation, but He will not violate his conscience. 
See 19 :24; John 15 : 15. 

32. Abraham ceased asking before God ceased giving. 
A member of Parliament brought in a Temperance 
Bill into the House of Commons. It was re 
jected eighteen times, but on the nineteenth it 
passed, to his surprise. 

19: Warning Angels. The Bible, the Holy Spirit, 
friends, Providence conscience. 



22 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

19 : 37, 38. The Moabites and Ammonites became Israel s 
bitter enemies. The bitter fruit of backsliding. 

21 : Isaac born : opposition of Ishmael. The two nat 
ures in the believer. 

15. A soldier s canteen was once found with this on it: 

"Died for want of water! " 

19. Provision for the sinner s need. "I was brought 
low and He helped me." 

22: 1. "Tempt" rather, test. James 1 : 12. 

2. Calvary was a spur of Mount Moriah. 

13. The lamb was there, although they did not see it. 

16. Abraham withheld nothing, and God gave him 

everything. 

23 : 2. Sarah is the only woman whose complete age, death, 

and burial are recorded in Scripture. 

3. The first account of a funeral. 

9. The earliest money transaction on record. 

24 : A model servant : 

True. Vs. 2, 35. 
Earnest. V. 33. 
Praying. V. 12. 
Single-eyed. V. 52. 

The marriage of Isaac is the first in Scripture of 
which we have particulars. A long chapter is 
devoted to it. 

58. "I will go." Decide for j-ourself. 



GENESIS. 23 

25 : 32. " Behold, I am at the point to die : and what profit 

shall this birthright do to me? " Did Esau mean 
by this that he had only a short time to live 
anyway? "Let us eat and drink, for to-morrow 
we die." 
33. There was never any food, except the forbidden 

fruit, so dearly bought as this broth. 
Esau was bad stock. See 26 : 34, 35. 

26 : 34. A sin is sometimes aggravated (or the reverse) by 

the age of the sinner. 

27 : 6. Jacob led astray by his mother! 

Tlie Deception of Isaac. < In solving this moral 
puzzle, do not forget that Jacob was divinely 
appointed to be the inheritor of the blessing 
(Gen. 25 :23). His error was not in feeling the 
pressure of destiny, but in taking it into his own 
hands and pushing it. Rebekah knew Esau had 
done wrong (Gen. 26 : 35). So she wanted to 
make this straight perhaps." 

21. Only one man in the whole Bible wanted to feel, 
and he was deceived. 

23. It is a grand thing to want the blessing of the 
Lord, but a poor thing to get it by fleshly craft. 

38. Esau wept because he had lost the blessing, not be 
cause he had sold his birthright. Men mourn 
for the evil that sin brings, not for the sin which 
brings the evil. 

28 : 5. Isaac lived sixty-three years after Jacob left home, 

but he drops out of importance now. We can- 



24 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

not tell the end of a man s life from the begin 
ning, or vice versa. 

28 : 12. None of the angels on the ladder stood still. 

Visions leading God-ward. See Gen. 48 : 3. 
An answer to prayer. See Gen. 35 : 3. 

{For loss of country : "To thee will I give this 
land." V. 13. 
For loss of friends : "I am with thee." V. 15. 
15. "I will keep thee in all places whither thou goest," 

not only whither I send thee. " 
" With thee " companionship. 
11 Keep thee " guardianship. 
" Bring thee "- guidance. 

29 : 25. How human Jacob was in his innocence ! How for 

getful of his own deception ! 

God spared Jacob : therefore I must not strike 
him. We may not know the whole story. In 
the meanest of us there is a soul meant for 
heaven. 
31 : 47. Different names for the same thing. 

49. Mabie thinks Jacob meant to make a clean cut 
with Laban here. " Separation" getting clear 
of the worldly ties. 

32:27. "What is thy name?" "My name is Money, 
Moderation in religion, Ananias, Frivolity, Lust, 
Uncleanness. " How few can answer: "My 
name is Honesty, Principle, Purity." 

31. Meyer once overheard a lady say his address was 
" lovely ! " Did Jacob limp into the tent and 



GENESIS. 25 



say to Rachel he had had a " lovely " time with 

the angel ? Rather was he not pale and serious ? 

On this side of eternity we shall never be perfect. 

Jacob limped. 
Better limp to heaven than leap to hell. 

33: 9. " Enough the first man who ever said so. 
Christianity should be proved by being con 
tented, not by being satisfied, with this world. 

35 : This- chapter recounts four burials : 
(1.) Jacob s idols. V. 4. 
(2.) Nurse. V. 8. 
(3.) Wife. V. 19. 
(4.) Father. V. 29. 

35 : 19. The first mention of Bethlehem. In the N. T. its 
first mention is in connection with the birth of 
Jesus. Matt. 2:1. 

37 : 8. Fulfilled in Ch. 50: 18. See Luke 19: 14. 

20. A plan is not right because it is easy. It is con 
venient to have a beast to blame. 

39 : 3. Some of us have a skilful way of concealing our 
religion; not so Joseph. 

5. It is Joseph who blesses the house of Potiphar. It 

is Jesus through whom we are blessed. 
40 : 14. A touch of human nature. 

God will answer your cry in His own good time. 

41 : 8. The old school of thought was unable for the new 
difficulties of. life. 

46. It took thirteen years to fulfil Joseph s dream 1 



26 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

But it was a great dream, and God took time to 
work it out. The baker and butler had theirs 

answered in three days. 


Thirteen years discipline for Joseph. But remem 
ber, God was now training a spoiled child. 

42 : 1. Why did the sons tarry? Because the mention of 

"Egypt" brought back the memory of their 
sin, and they were afraid to go thither. 

21. (1.) Conscience. 
(2.) Memory. 
(3.) Reason. 

Learn the moral impotence of time to blot out sin. 
There is a moral memory. Conscience never 
forgets, although intellect does. Seech. 50:15. 

24. Twenty years of harsh experience had not de 
stroyed the tender feelings of Joseph s heart. 

28. Troubled by an act of generosity and consideration! 
By the mercies of God! 

36. Think of a man writing a history of his life, and 
God writing it in a parallel column! 

43 : 23. Preaching peace in his Master s name. 

45 : 9. Contrast the story of Joseph s career with the story 
of the prodigal son. God does not wait to call 
us unto him till we become lords. 

27. Jacob always had an eye for the practical, and 
when he saw the waggons his heart revived. 
Christ had to become man before he could 
teach us. 



OEKESI8. 27 



46 : 34. We are the sheep ; Christ the shepherd ; and both 
are abominable to the world. 

48 : 3. Where will Jacob begin in his autobiography? Not 

at his early scheming and deception, but at his 
second birth. Not at his fleshly birthday which 
was in reality his death-day. Ps. 79: 8. 

19. What memories Jacob must have had when he gave 
the blessing to Joseph s younger son! 

49 : 22. Ths boys outside got some of the fruit. If we are 

overflowing, the world around will get some of 
the benefit. 

EXODUS. 

Genesis left Israel in Egypt as a "house," or 
family. See Gen. 50 : 22. 

Exodus leaves them a nation of about two million 
souls (ch. 18:21-24), with chiefs, code of laws, 
judicature, and settled form of worship. 

Exodus finds them a family" (ch. 1:1-0), and 
leaves them a theocracy, the people of God. 
Ch. HO: 3-1 3; 29: 0; 40: 84. See John 3: 1G. 

1 : 9. All bad kings have feared the rise of manhood. 

Never neglect young life. 

10. In dealing with the children of Israel, nothing 
better than murder occurred to this short-sighted 
king. He never thought of culture, kindness, 
social development, etc. 

2 : 1. Renown may have obscurity for a pedestal. 



28 NOTE 8 FROM MY nTBLE. 

2 : 3. Jochebed hud the ark in the flags by the river s 
brink, but first she laid it on the heart of God. 

8. Where the heart is moved to do some noble and 
heroic thing, the first thought should be taken 
as an inspiration from God. Do n t think about 
it, but do it. 

We call the early life of Moses miraculous, and 
find in our own nothing to excite religious won 
der or thankfulness. 

12. Rashness makes work for repentance. Judges 1 1 : 
31; Dan. 6 : 14. Moses killed the Egyptian and 
next day his influence was gone. Murder for 
liberty; wrong committed for the right. 

14. So Christ was rejected by his brethren. Matt. 

10 :3G. 
17. Men can be held by the heart forever, but not by 

the throat. 

3 : Objections raised by Moses for dec-lining and avoid 
ing God s call: 
Lack of fitness. V. 11. 
" words. V. 13. 
" authority. Chap. 4 : 1. 
" " powers of speech. 4 : 10. 
" " special adaptation. 4 : 13. 
" " success at first attempt. 5 : 23. 
" " acceptance by Israelites. G : 12. 

1. Moses had gone back to the occupation of his 
ancestors. 

5. Under the law: " Put off thy shoes." 



EXODUS. 29 

Under grace: "Put shoes on his feet." Luke 
15 : 22. 

3 : 10. The call of Moses. 

11. "Who am I? " God could have accomplished the 
exodus by an angel, or by a word, but he uses 
men to speak to men. Mediators. See 1 Tim. 



14. Whose business was Moses going on? Magnify 

your office. Do not belittle your duty. 
Moses remembered his failure, in chap. 2. 

"I AM that I AM. "A name as mysteriously 
human as the bush is mysteriously equal to the 
solemn occasion: another name not human at all 
in its first impression on the mind, a verb whose 
conjugation cannot go beyond the first line, an 
I AM that doubles back upon itself, and waits 
with mysterious patience to become flesh and 
dwell among us. 

God did not date far back into history, but placed 
himself in living relations with men with whom 
Moses was familiar. See v. 6. 

: 1 We are not told to be successful, but to be obe 
dient. It is the work of the Spirit to make men 
believe; we must deliver the message. Every 
preacher has to face human mistrust. 

5. When God joined himself to Moses s rod, it worked 
wonders. 

10. Moses s excuse now becomes personal. He claims 



30 NOTES FROM Mr BIBLE. 

he is not eloquent, yet, in Deut. 32 :1, he calls 

heavens and earth to hear him. 
. As if the Maker of man s mouth could not touch 

his lips with eloquence ! 

Not eloquence, but truth. 1 Cor. 2 : 1-5. Paul. 
Don t be self-conscious. Think of Moses turning 

his great mission into a question of his own 

eloquence ! 

4 : 13. What Moses would have missed if God had chosen 
Aaron, or Joshua, or Caleb instead ! John 
6:66. 

21. Hardening of Pharaoh s heart. See chapter 7 : 13. 
If a man rejects mercy he becomes hardened. 
The same sun that melts the ice hardens the clay. 
See Ps. 81 : 12 ; 2 Thess. 2:11; Gen. 6 : 3. 

If you want to see what hardening would do, look 
at Pharaoh ; if you want to see what mercy 
would do, look at Israel. Both failed. 

A child can treat God with sulkiness and silence. 
The tiniest knee* can stiffen and refuse to bow be 
fore him. 

Without water, clay becomes like stone. Without 
the grace of God, the heart becomes hard. 

24. Moses had married into the world, and now his 

reaping-time had come. 
We may learn three things from the plagues : 

1. The divine right in life. 

2. Human opposition to divine voices. 

3. God always wins. Acts 9:5; Ps. 99 : 1. 

7 : 19. The first plague was to turn the waters of Egypt 



EXODUS. 31 

into blood. The first miracle of Jesus was to 
turn water into wine (joy). See John 2 : 1-12. 
We wonder about the river turned into blood, but 
not about the heart turned into stone. 

8:15. "When Pharaoh saw there was respite, he hard 
ened his heart, and hearkened not unto " Moses 
and Aaron. Like the newsboy who only said his 

prayers at night ; he could take care of himself 
by day. 

8 : 11. The power of the magicians broke down at last. 
You cannot run the whole race with God : He will 
conquer in the end. 
27. Pharaoh s first confession of sin. 

12 : Kedemption. 

There must have been at least two hundred ctnd 
fifty thousand lambs slain at Passover ; yet we 
never find the word " lambs." " Kill it " one 
grand representation of the Lamb of God. 

6. Not a live lamb. Not the life of Christ, but his 
death and his blood are efficacious. 

7, 8. The blood of the lamb was safety. 

The flesh of the lamb was nourishment. 

33. Pharaoh at first said the children of Israel should 
not go out of Egypt, but God said they should. 
Unbelief says, "No." Fear says, "No." The 
devil says, "No." But God says, "Yes." 

13 : Sanctification. 

The Passover shows the work of Christ, whose blood 
cleanses from sin. 



32 NO TES FROM MY Bl* L E. 

The Rod Sea passage his work in delivering his 

people from the power of Satan. 
The passage of Jordan our standing in Christ s 

resurrection. 
13 : 21. While you are in the wilderness, the only way to 

walk is to follow the cloud of glory. 



14 : Deliverance. 

10. Old enemies pursuing. You do n t step right out of 
Egypt on to the throne of God. Old sins and 
habits assert themselves. The devil never says 
"Good-bye." After you think he is dead, he 
turns up in your heart. 

13. Moses said, "Stand still." The Lord said, "Go 

forward " : which was their salvation. 
No one can "go forward " in the strength of God, 
until he has first " stood still " in his own help 
lessness. 

20. " The one came not near the other all the night." 
It must amaze the devil, says John Me Neill, 
that he has not gotten us before now. When 
everything seems in his favor, and we seem to be 
selling ourselves to him, there is an invisible and 
impenetrable wall between us, and he has not 
golten us yet. 

22. Faith xrrms to be as feeble as a wall of waters : but 
it is strong as a wall of iron. 

25 : Triumph. 

1. The redeemed sing this same song in heaven. Rev. 
15:3. 



EXODUS. 33 

There was no song in Egypt. Infidelity has no 
songs. 

15 : 13. " Led forth, " then guided. " 

23. Bitter waters after the passage of the Red Sea. 
Life s greatest triumphs may be succeeded by 
vexatious incidents, even though you are in the 
right path. 

16 : 21. The daybreak blessing is a day-long gain. 

Seek the heavenly manna in the morning of your 
life. 

32. The way to enrich life is to keep a retentive mem 
ory in the heart. 

17 : 9. First mention of Joshua. He was probably forty- 
five years old. 

18 : 25. " Moses chose able men out of all Israel and made 
them heads over all the people. " Moses never 
thought that hitherto he had been letting the 
talents of others lie idle. 

19 : 5. "Ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all 
people." The gospel originated in heaven; no 
desire was first expressed by the people. 
God first prepares the heart, later he gives the 
word of the law. 

8. " All that the Lord hath spoken we will do." Bold 

and self-confident language. The golden calf, 

the broken tables, the neglected ordinances, the 

stoned messengers, the rejected and crucified 

3 



34 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

Christ, are overwhelming evidence of man s dis 
honored vows. 

20t If man puts himself under the law, it is duty or 

damnation. 
The ten commandments exhibit : 

1. God s strict justice. 

2. Man s awful depravity. 

8-11. Under the law, they labored first, then rested. 
But under grace we first find rest in Jesus, and 
then work. 

25. No hewn stone "no works," no human effort. 

" If thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted 
it." Polluted, not polished. 

26. We have no steps to climb when we approach God. 

24 : The Old Testament Transfiguration. 

Under the law : 

V. 1. "Afar off." 

V. 2. "Not come nigh," "neither go up." 
Under grace : 

Heb. 4:16. "Come boldly unto the throne of 
grace." 

Heb. 10 : 22. " Let us draw near." 
We may search from end to end of the legal ritual, 

and not find the words "draw nigh." 

25 : The inspired house, like the inspired Book, em 

ploys only willing hands to carry out God s plans. 
Invention is not invited. 

18. The cherubim represent "the redeemed." Eze- 



EXODUS. 35 

kiel s living creatures were cherubim (Eze. 10 : 
20), and in Rev. 5:9 they sang, "Thou hast 
redeemed us. " 

26 : 14. The rams skins would always remind them of the 
ram caught in the thicket. Gen. 22 : 13. 

15. The boards, taken from nature and covered with 
gold, were fit for God s house. So sinners are 
prepared for Christ s spiritual temple. 

19. The silver sockets on which the boards rested, 

were made out of the ransom-money. Ex. 30 : 
12-16. Christians stand on the redemption of 
Christ. 

28 : 12. Aaron bore the names of the twelve tribes on his 
shoulders. So Christ bears the church. Luke 
15:5. 

29 : 4. " Wash. " A clean body for a clean soul. 

10. Identification with the offering : hence death, 
v. 11; atonement, v. 12; judgment satisfied in 
God s acceptance, vs. 13, 14. 

20. The ear God-ward hear. 

hand man- ward work, 
foot earth-ward walk. 

The same rites were used in consecrating the priest 
and in cleansing the leper ! 

33. But a stranger shall not eat thereof, because they 
are holy." No more should an unconverted man 
partake of the Lord s Supper. 

39. " The one lamb thou shalt offer in the morning; 



36 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

and the olher lamb thou shalt offer at even." 
This custom was kept up for fifteen hundred 
years. 

30 : 15. One ransom-price for all. So one Christ for all. 
Both within reach of rich and poor, who are on 
a level as regards redemption. 

31 : 2. Hezaleel = in the shadow of God. 
Uri = light of Jehovah. 

For the work of the tabernacle, or of the ministry, 
there should be : 
(I.) The divine selection and call. 
V. 2. "I have called." 
V. 6. "I have given. " 

John 3 : 27. 

(2.) The divine qualification. 
V. 3. "I have filled." 
V. 6. "I have put wisdom." 
(3.) The divine commandment. 
V. 6. " I have commanded. " 

32: 1. "How singularly like the apostasy of professing 
Christendom in the last days, as foretold by 
Christ and his apostles, is this apostasy of Is 
rael. They were tested by the prolonged ab 
sence of Moses, as the Church is tested by the 
prolonged absence of Christ. In Matt. 24 : 48, 
our Saviour teaches us that the apostasy begins 
by the evil servant saying, My Lord delayeth 
his coming. In Matt. 25 : 19, we read, After 
a long time the Lord of those servants cometh 
and reckoneth with them. In 2 Peter 3:3, 4, 



EXODUS. 37 

we read, There shall come in the last days 
scoffers, walking after their own lusts and say 
ing, Where is the promise of his coming ? 
Human nature is the same from generation to 
generation. " 

When Moses was gone, Aaron failed. He was not 
God-called and chosen. 

" Up, make us gods. Manufactured gods ! The 
graving tool of unbelief (v. 4). 

11-13. Moses found no plea in Israel s conduct or charac 
ter, but only in the glory of God, the vindication 
of his holy name, and the accomplishment of his 
oath. 

14. God s repenting is not a change of his will but of 
his work. 

28. Three thousand lose their life at the proclamation 
of the law. Three thousand gained life everlast 
ing at the first preaching of the gospel. 

33. Under the law God speaks of blotting out the *t n- 
ner ; under grace, he is seen blotting out .tin. 

33 : 18. When Moses met God at the burning bush, he was 
afraid ; but when he got better acquainted, he 
was bold. 

34 : 6, 7. Note the attributes of God : - 

Merciful ; gracious ; longsuffering ; abundant in 
goodness, and truth ; keeping mercy for thou 
sands ; forgiving iniquity and transgression and 
sin ; by no means clearing the guilty ; visiting 
the iniquity of the fathers upon the children. 



38 NOTES FROX MY BIBLE. 

29. " Moaes wist not that the skin of his face shone." 
Spurgeon said of a certain man that he always 
thought he was sinless until the man said so 
himself ! 

The Athenians at one time used to have their 
prisoners tried in the dark, lest their counten 
ances should influence the judges. 

The face is often a better witness than the lips. 

35 : In this chapter we have : 

Willing hearts three times, vs. 5, 22, 29. 
Wise hearts three times, vs. 1 0, 25, 35. 
Heart stirred twice, vs. 21, 20. 
Heart to teach once, v. 34. 

Free will in the work, vs. 5, 21, 22, 29. 
Fitted for the work, vs. 10, 25, 31, 34, 35. 
Fired to the work, vs. 21, 2(5. 

4-10. Note the qualifications here given for partnership 
in the Lord s work : 

1 . Out of Egypt : redeemed by blood. 

2. Commanded by (Jod to do the thing. 

3. Willing-hearted to give. 

4. Wise-hearted to make. 

5. Kagrr-hearted to act. 

Men would murmur less if they worked more. 

36 : 6. " And Moses gave commandment, and they caused 

it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, 
Let neither man nor woman make any more work 
for the oirering of the sanctuary. " Many would 
be late. How they would be filled with remorse! 



LEVITICUS. 39 

38 : 8. The laver of brass not only furnished water for the 
priests to wash in, but its shining, polished sur 
face revealed any spots or pollution in them. 

LEVITICUS. 

TJic Offerings. 

1:3. What shall I bring? Myself. Komans 12:1. 
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mer 
cies of God, that ye present your bodies a living 
sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God: which is 
your reasonable service." 

Whereto? the cross. 

How? Willingly. In spirit and in truth. John 
4:23. 

4. "He shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt- 
offering. " This implies confession, substitution, 
atonement, satisfaction, forgiveness. 

9. The careful cleansing of the sacrifice before it was 
placed on the altar, teaches of God s holiness and 
the righteous requirements of His law. What 
God accepts must be clean. 

8:4. It is said fifty times of Moses that he " did as the 
Lord commanded him." 

9 : 3, 4. Sin-offering : Christ the sin-bearer. 

Burnt-offering: Consecration. Horn. 12:1. 
Peace-offering: Christ our peace. Eph. 2: 14-16. 
Meat-offering: Feeding on the Word. 

6. The glory of the Lord shall appear unto you. " 



40 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

23. " The glory of the Lord appeared unto all the peo 
ple." 

11 : 3. Parting the hoof outward walk. 
Chewing the cud inward life. 

35. Precaution against sin and defilement, in the 
kitchen as well as in the tabernacle. 

14 : V. 5. One bird killed Christ dying on the cross. 
V. 7. One bird loosed Christ risen and ascended 
on high. 

15 : 10. Influence over others. 

19 : 27. Baal-worshipers rounded their beard and hair to 
make their faces look like the sun. Avoid the 
appearance of evil. 

23 : Seven feasts : 

1. Sabbath Rest. 

2. Passover Death of Christ. 

3. First-fruits Resurrection. 

4. Pentecost Descent of the Hoi} Spirit. 

5. Trumpets Ingathering of Israel. 

6. Atonement Mourning for sin. 

7. Tabernacles Christ s indwelling in the Chris 

tian. 

25 : 5. The only place in the Bible where the word its " 
occurs. 

10. " Liberty throughout all the land unto all the in 
habitants thereof. " Inscribed on the Independ 
ence Bell that rang in Philadelphia, July 4, 
1776. 



NUMBERS. 41 



NUMBERS. 

1 : 18. The Christian s pedigree. 

" Sons of God. " 1 John 3 : 2. 

" Children of God by faith in Jesus Christ." Gal. 

3 :26. 
Heirs of God." Gal. 3 : 29 ; Roin. 8 : 14, 17. 

6 : 12. Lost days ! 

24-26. Here is a benediction that can go all the world 
over, and can give all the time without being 
impoverished. Every heart may utter it : it is 
the speech of God : every letter may conclude 
with it ; every day may begin with it ; every 
night may be sanctified by it. Here is blessing 
keeping shining the uplifting upon our 
poor life of all heaven s glad morning. It is the 
Lord himself who brings this bar of music from 
heaven s infinite anthems. 

27. All differences disappear all tribal names pass 
out of view ; and the name of Jehovah is upon 
all. 

11 : 31. " Upon " should be < < above. " Gen. 1 : 2, 20 ; 8 : 1 ; 
Zech. 5 : 3. 

12 : 1. The Jew has ever been jealous of the Gentile being 
received into the covenant. Eph. 3 : 6. 

15. The sin of God s people still hinders the progress of 
his cause. 

13: Faith says, We are well able. " V. 30. 

Unbelief says, " We are not able." V. 31. 



42 NOTES FROM M7 BIBLE. 

13 : 31. Israel said, " We be not able." But the weakness 

of God is stronger than men. 1 Cor. 1 : 25. 



32. Israel said, "The land eateth up the inhabitants." 

God s word was, "They are bread for us." 
Chapter 14 : 9. 

33. Israel said, " We are grasshoppers in their sight." 

God said, those nations were as a drop of a 
bucket : " "as the small dust of the balance : " 
" as grasshoppers." Isa. 40 : 15, 22. 

14 : 16. Our unsuccess attributed to God. 

33. " Your children shall wander in the wilderness 
forty years." So Christians wander about, and 
call it Christian progress ! 

Many die in the wilderness ; their souls are saved, 
but their lives are lost. 

18:19. "A covenant of salt a perpetuity of God s 
covenant mercies. 

21 : 6. The Hebrew for "fiery serpents" is "seraphim," 
for their burning heat and glow. See Luke 
10 : 18, where Satan is called a fallen seraph. 

21 : 7. God does not always answer in the letter, but in 
the spirit, of prayer. He did not remove the 
fiery serpents, but provided a remedy. We live 
among serpents still, and must look to Christ for 
salvation. 

There was no particular "reason" in the brazen 
serpent ; but God was in it. 

22 : 23. The ass saw the angel which Balaam saw not. 



NUMBERS. 43 



His eyes were blinded by the dust of covetous- 
ness. 

23 : 10. " Let me die the death of the righteous, and let 
my last da}-s be like his. " Why not rather live 
the life of the righteous ? 

You cannot live a vicious life and die a righteous 
death. 

19. There are three things God cannot do : 

1. He cannot lie. 

2. He cannot deny himself. 

8. He cannot see our sins through the blood of 

Jesus Christ. 

God writes with a pen that never blots, and speaks 
with a tongue that never slips, and acts with a 
hand that never fails. 

26:51. (501,730 as against 603,550 in chapter 1. Israel s 
growth ceased for forty years. So it may be with 
us as churches, and so forth, if we are un 
believing. 

27 : 1. The first movement for women s rights. 

12. Moses (representing the Law) was not to have the 

privilege of leading the Israelites into the prom 
ised land. It was for Joshua (Jesus) to do so. 

13. Old age is a sunset and a sunrise in one. We can 

not climb the hills as in youth, but we can mount 
up as on eagle s wings, if we have found in Christ 
the secret of eternal life. 



44 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

28 : Offerings aud sacrifices. 

3. Daily. 

* 

9. Weekly. 

11. Monthly. 

32 : 23. You cannot bury your sins so deep but they will 
have a resurrection by and by, unless they have 
been washed away by the blood of Christ. 

% 

DEUTERONOMY. 

1:44. "Chased you as bees do, and destroyed you." 
" The sting of death is sin." 

2 : 31. The Lord does not give all at once. It is accord 
ing to our readiness to take that he gives. Chap. 
3 : 24. 

3:23. Moses, Elijah (1 Kings 19:4), and Paul (2 Cor. 
12 : 8) all prayed; but God answered in his own 
way. 

6 : 6. Consecration in the heart first. 

12. Full flesh often causes heart failure. So prosperity 

often proves a danger to piety. 

16 : The holy feasts were (in general) appointed for 
these ends and uses : 

1. To distinguish the people of God from 

other nations. 

2. To keep afoot the remembrance of the 

benefits already received. 

3. To be a type and figure of benefits yet 



DEUTERONOMY. 45 



further to be conferred upon them by 
Christ. 

4. To unite God s people in holy worship. 

5. To preserve purity in holy worship pre 

scribed by God. 

The Passover, Pentecost, and Feast of Tabernacles 
typify a completed redemption : 

1. By the passion of the cross : Suffering. 

2. By the coming of the Holy Spirit : Grace. 

3. By the final triumph of the coming King : 

Glory. 

21:22. "And if a man have committed a sin worthy of 
death, . . . and thou hang him on a tree, 
his body shall not remain all night upon the 
tree." 

Only two instances of the observance of this law 
fully recorded: Joshua 8 : 29 the wicked king 
of Ai; and John 19 : 31 the King of Glory. 

28 : 25. Thou shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of 
the earth." Over the entrance to a cemetery in 
New Orleans are these words (in Hebrew) : The 
dispersed of Judah." 

28 : 32. " Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto 
another people." In the horrible persecutions 
of the Jews by the Romanists in Spain, four 
centuries ago, their children were stripped from 
them to be reared in the Popish faith. 

33. < The fruit of thy land and all thy labors shall a 
nation which thou knowest not, eat up : and 



46 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed al- 
way." Fulfilled under the Assyrians, and Rom 
ans, for centuries, and now fulfilled under the 
Turks, who, by their misrule, do literally "eat 
up " the lands they govern. 

58, 59. During the scourging of Jewish culprits these two 
verses used to be read, and, immediately after 
them, Psalms 78 and 38. 

65, 66. The case of every backslider: "Thou shalt find no 
ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: 
but the Lord shall give thee there a trembling 
heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind." 

29 : 5. When the Lord leads, he provides shoe-leather. 

19. There is not one of the Christian graces and fruits 
that the devil does not counterfeit. 

19 21. The Lord is absolute in threatening and resolute in 
punishing. 

32:10. Precept: "Keep my law as the apple of thine 

eye." Prov. 7 : 2. 

Prayer: "Keep me as the apple of thine eye." 
Ps. 17 : 8. 

33: V. 3. "Hand," Safety. 

" Feet,"-- Learning. 
V. 12. "Side," Fellowship. 
Shoulders, " Power. 
V. 27. "Arms," Rest. 

29. Saved shielded defended. 



DEUTERONOMY. 47 



"Thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee, " 
i. e. , thy character shall be restored. 

34:4. "This is the land which I sware unto Abraham. 
... I have caused thee to see it with thine 
eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither." 
This was Moses s second great disappointment. 
At the age of forty, he thought the Israelites 
would choose him as their leader. 

p 

JOSHUA. 

Miriam, Aaron, and Moses, all died before the 
passage of the Jordan. Prophet, Priest, and 
Law bring us to the borders of the promised 
land. Only Jesus, our Joshua, can lead us into 
our inheritance. 

The rod was Moses s symbol. 

The spear was Joshua s symbol. 

1 : 8. God s instructions for Bible study. 

7 : 1. Only one Achan in the camp: but Israel was de 
feated on his account. 

10. Prayer before repentance is unavailing. We must 
put away our sin. 

21. Steps in Achan s sin: 

1. "I saw." 

2. "I coveted." 

3. "I took." 

4. "I hid." 

Compare Eve, Gen 3:6; Ananias, Acts 5: 1-10. 
"How mean was the sin of Achau! He saw the 



48 NO TKS FR Otf MY BIBLE 

Babylonish garment, and all the soldier in him 

withered up and he became a sneaking thief. " 


9 : 14. " And asked not council at the mouth of the 
Lord. " The cause of most of our wrong-doing. 
Eph. 6:18. 

13 : 22. We thought we had douc with Balaam, but who 
knows where his own name may come up again? 
The mention of some brings thoughts of pain and 
woe ; of others, joy. 

33. Self-denial is best for one s self, for then we oblige 

God to take care of us. 

He only is a happy man whose sole dependence is 
on God. 

15 : 15. Kirjath-sepher book-city. Dr. Gregg, of Brook 
lyn, says it was so called because it was the seat 
of a public library. Prof. Sayce says knowledge 
was far advanced in this early period, so that 
philosophy and science were common. 

20 : What storms have to beat upon us before we will 
fall in with God s appointment and fly to Christ 
as our refuge. 

The cities of refuge are a type of Christ, and their 
names are significant in that connection. Kadesh 
means holy, and our refuge is in the holy Jesus; 
Shechem, a shoulder, "and the. government is 
upon his shoulder;" Hebron, fellowship, and 
believers are called into the fellowship of Christ 
Jesus our Lord; Bezer, a fortification, for He 
is a stronghold to all them that trust in Him; 



JOSHUA. 49 

Rainoth, high, or exalted, "for him hath God 
exalted with his own right hand;" Golan, joy, 
or exultation, for in Him all the saints are 
justified and shall glory. 

As the cities of refuge were so situated as to be 
accessible from every part of the land, so Christ 
is ever accessible to needy sinners. 1 John 
2:1, 2. 

22 : 26. An altar of witness, that was not commanded. 
The motive was good, but it may have led their 
children astray. Cf. Ornate altars, etc., in 
churches. 

23 : 6. Courage in obedience! 

14. Joshua had tried God forty years in the brickkilns, 
forty years in the desert, and thirty years in the 
promised land, and this was his dying testimony. 

JUDGES. 

Weak things made strong. 
The left hand. Chap. 3: 21. 
An ox-goad. 3:31. 
A woman. 4: 14. 
A nail. 4:21. 
A barley-cake. 7:13. 
Pitcher and trumpet. 7 : 20. 
Piece of millstone. 9: 53. 
Jaw-bone of an ass. 15:16. 

3, 4, 5 : Note the steps in Israel s trouble. They 
1. Failed to drive out the idolaters. 
4 



50 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

2. Dwelt among them. 

3. Inter- married with them. 

4. Served their gods. 

5. Forgot God, and 

6. Were sold by God to their enemies. 

5:23. The sin of omission. Do- Nothing s curse: 

"Curse ye Meroz, curse ye bitterly the inhabit 
ants thereof, because they came not to the help 
of the Lord. " 

24. " Blessed nltnve women shall Jael be." She got a 
higher salutation than the virgin "Blessed 
art thou among women." Luke 1 : 28, 42. 

6 : 15. Gideon s power came through humiliation. 

7 : 16. Empty pitchers light shining in them trumpets 

to proclaim. Such should Christians be. 

15 : 5. The country was undivided by hedge or fence, so 

that once a fire started, it would burn the whole 
crop. 

16 : 4. Samson was at a bad place, for a bad purpose, 

and of course he came to a bad end. 

19. Sleeping in the lap of temptation. 

17 : 6. Ever)* man did that which was right in his own 
eyes, and then they soon did that which was evil 
in the sight of God. 

This verse is the key to the book. It is the teach 
ing of the socialist and anarchist ; but it did not 
work in Israel. 



HUTU. 61 

RUTH. 

Subject, the redeemer. 
Chapter 1. Decision. 

" 2. Toil. 

11 3. Rest. 

4. Reward. 

Ruth is the one book of the Old Testament that 
sets forth the person of the Redeemer. 

1 : 6. The true child of God never dies in the far country, 
but returns to his Father s house. 

7. To get to Bethlehem } T OU must leave Moab. 
14. Orpah profession : Ruth possession. 

21. "I went out." 

The Lord hath brought me home. " 
Boaz a type of Christ : 
Lord of the harvest. 
Near kinsman. 
Supplier of wants. 
Redeemer of the inheritance. 
Man who gives rest. 
Wealth} kinsman. 
Bridegroom. 

I SAMUEL. 
2 : 1. The heart is at rest after answered prayer. 

4 : 18. Old Eli s heart (by reason of his sons conduct and 
the disaster they brought on the ark of God) was 
broken before his neck. 



52 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

5 : 4. There is a tradition that when Christ was brought 
into Egypt, all the idols fell. When Christ en 
ters the heart, all idols fall before him. 

7 : 7. The Israelites had learned one useful lesson to 
be afraid of the Philistines. So the church and 
the world. 

9 : 2. Believers are among others what Saul was among 
the Israelites, the tallest by head and shoulders. 

3. Saul went out after asses and found a nation of 
them ready to make him king. 

10 : 6. " Another man." 

9. "Another heart." 

11 : 2. When man makes a covenant with sin, he must pay 

dearly for his pleasure. 

12 : 7. " Stand and listen. " 
16. " Stand and see." 

20. Satan tempts man to presume, then to despair. 

24, 25. How to serve the Lord. 
Why serve the Lord. 
Results of not serving Him. 

15 : 22. Sacrifice without obedience is sacrilege. 

24. Saul feared the people and became cowardly and 
disobedient. A man who fears God need have 
no other fear. 

30. Saul said, "I have sinned." David said, " I have 
sinned against the Lord." 2 Sam. 12 : 13. 



/ SAMUEL. 53 



David said, "Create in me a clean heart." Ps. 

51 : 10. Saul says, " Don t let the people know 

my heart is not clean." 
There is little worth in outward splendor, if virtue 

yield it not an inward luster. 

16 : 13. Fn 1065 B. c. no one took David as king. 

Three years later he had 400 followers. 1 Sam. 

22 :2. 
Four years later he had GOO followers. 1 Sam. 

27 :2. 

A great host. 1 Chron. 12 : 22. 
Three years later, The men of Judah. " 2 Sam. 

2:4. 

The men of Israel. 2 Sam. 2:17; 5:3. 
See the accessions to the disciples, in Acts. 
18. David s "cornel} " person ; his pastime ; his pat 
riotism ; his prudence ; his piety ; the Lord was 

with him. 
17 : 8. No preacher can build up his church without the 

active co-operation of the members. He is not 

a Goliath to go forth alone, but a leader, under 

God, to direct others. 
37. There were doubtless many in Saul s army who 

knew God could use them to overcome Goliath, 

but David was the only one who knew God would 

use him. 
The atheist counts his enemies; the saint looks up 

to God. 
18:1,2. Saul took David to his home, but Jonathan took 

him to his heart. 



54 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

20:3. "There is but a step between me and death." 
The "step " was forty-seven years. Under God s 
care, it was a long one. 

21 : 8. The King s business must l>e done 
a. With haste. 
I. Heartily. Col. 3 : 23. 
c. Diligently. Ezra 7 : 23. 

22 : 2. PN i s T R E s s . 

EBT. 

S C O N T E N T . 



D: 



30 : 13. Two good questions: 

To whom belongest thou? 
Win-nee art thou ? 

II SAMUEL. 

1 : 10. Saul neglected to punish Agag the Amah-kite, and 
at his death he was stripped of his crown and 
ornaments by a prowling Amah-kite. 

3 : 3. David married a princess who was not of Israel, 
in order to strengthen his kingdom: and Absa 
lom was her son. 

11 : 2. Absalom was guilty of incest at the same place as 

David his father on the king s roof. 
Chap. 10:2. As you sow, you will reap. 

8. Do you stumble at the lives of some of these Uible 
characters? The Bible tells how salvation comes 
to the sinner, not to the righteous. Chap. 
12 : 14. 



II SAMUEL. 55 



12 : 1. A short sermon from a God-sent man. 

When his hearers resented St. Augustine s frequent 

reproofs, he said: "Change your conduct and I 

will change my conversation. " 
The rough hewing of reproof is only to square us 

for the heaven ly building. 

7. Notice the "I s," "thou s, " " thee s. " A pointed 
and personal application. 

J.4. "By this deed thou hast given great occasion to 
the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme." How 
often David is held up by infidels now! The 
Scripture is fulfilled. 

A man may become of no use in this universe 
except as a warning "to point a moral, or 
adorn a tale." 

If you commit one sin, it will cause you many sor 
rows and the world man)- triumphs. 

The world will sooner make an excuse for its own 
enormities than for your infirmities. 

14 : 15. Not only must we talk to Jesus, but we must listen 
to him. Not pray less, but listen more. 

18 : 18. Cato said he would rather have men ask why he 
had no monument, than why he had one. 

19 : 2. Many can mourn over a body from which the soul 
Jias departed, when they do not mourn over a 
soul whom God has deserted. 
22 : Praise for deliverance! 

23 : 11. The patch of lentils was a small thing to fight for; 
but Shammah was fighting on the right side, 



F1WM MY 



and the Lord wrought a great victory through 
him. 

20. "Benaiah . . . went down also and slew a lion in 
the midst of a pit in time of snow." So Christ 
left the Father and came down to earth to kill 
sin in our fallen nature. 

I KINGS. 

2 : 27. God never forgets. One hundred and twenty 
years had elapsed since the sentence on Eli s 
house was pronounced. 

3 : 26. The devil does not mind if a man s heart is divided ; 
but Christ, the true lover of hearts, must have it 
all or none. 

8 : 56. Unclaimed promises are like uncashed checks. 
They will keep you from bankruptcy, but not 
from want. 

10 : 8. As Solomon was magnified by the words and con 
duct of his servants, so Jesus ought to be hon 
ored by the words and conduct of Christians. 

17 : 1C. Some one has said of Christianity that the more 

you export, the more you have at home. 

18 : 28. Trying to make a blood -covenant with Baal. 

19 : 10. "I have been very jealous for the Lord God of 
hosts. ... I, even I only am left." Elijah 
indulged in three capital "I s" here. 

18. There are a great many Christians who have lifo, 
but like the seven thousand who had not bowed 



I KINGS. 57 

uuto Baal, they are not good for much when 
it takes the Almighty to find them. See Acts 
18:10. 

II KINGS. 

2 : 1-10. Testing before blessing. 

1. What events Elijah and Elisha would chat about 
as they passed through Gilgal, Jericho, Bethel, 
and Jordan, recalling God s dealings with their 
fathers in former days ! Gilgal, a new start, 
Josh. 5:0; Bethel, no confidence in the flesh, 
Gen. 28 ; Jericho, the manifestation of Jeho 
vah s power in times gone by ; Jordan, can the 
Lord s presence do the same to-day ? 

Gilgal circumcision ; public profession. 
Bethel church-going. 

Jericho Bible study (school of the prophets). 

Jordan death to the world ; consecration. 

What are any of these worth if you " tarry " while 

the Lord goes on ? Go with him through these 

stages, then return to the world in his power, to 

glorify him, to make the bitter sweet (v. 19), etc. 

11. The three dispensations had each a representative 

who went directly to heaven Enoch, ante-dilu- 

vians ; Elijah, children of Abraham ; Christ, the 

church. 

To-day we look upon an ascended Saviour. 
14. Faith before knowledge. 

4 : 21. The Shunamite woman laid her dead boy on the 
prophet s bed, determining to give him no rest 
until he restored him to life. 



58 NOTES FROM M7 BIBLE. 

5 : 3. A little maid said a few words that made a com- 

, motion in two kingdoms. God honored her faith 

by doing for Naaman, the idolater, what he had 

not done for any in Israel. See Luke 4 : 27. 

How often has the finger of childhood pointed 

grown-up persons in the right direction. 
The maid boasted of God that he would do for 
Naaman what he had not done for any in Israel , 
and God honored her faith. 

5 : 10. Naaman had two diseases pride and leprosy. 

The first needed curing as much as the second. 

14. Naaman had (1) to get down from his chariot of 
pride ; (2) afterwards, to wash according to the 
prescribed way. 

6 : 14. Trying to catch God ! Herod tried it (Matt. 2 : 

16), and the Jews, when they killed Jesus. 
The hosts of hell now encompass Christians in our 
cities. 

16. Two classes only, " with " or tl against " us (Matt. 

24 :34, 41). 

17. The horses and chariots were not made for the 

occasion ; they were all there, and only the eye 
failed. The eye of faith could see them. 

7 : 2. "If you would believe, you must crucify the ques 

tion, how ? See Mark 8 : 4. 

8 : 13. We do not know ourselves. 

10:31. "Departed not" better, "renounced not," did 
not take active part against. 



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I CHRONICLES. 

15 : 16. Sacred music, vocal and instrumental. 
29 : 5. Co-workers with King David. 

11. Do not sing or preach to your own praise. " Thine, 

Lord, is the greatness." 

17. A tried heart, an upright heart. 

18. A thankful heart, a prepared heart. 

19. A perfect heart. 

II CHRONICLES. 

7 : 14: The pathway of blessing : " If my people, which are 
called by my name, shall humble themselves, 
and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their 
wicked ways : then will I hear from heaven, and 
will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 
It brings heaven within speaking-distance. 

12 : 14. " Prepared " margin, fixed. " There is no fixity 
of purpose in the sinner. 

14 : 11. Dependence upon God. 
Confession of weakness. 
Confidence in His help. 
Request. 

12. Request granted. 

18 : 11. Ahab had his preachers and prophets. No man is 
so corrupt, but he will find some one who 
preaches to suit him. 



60 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

30. Do not try to overcome your failings and mistakes 
one by one ; but deal at once with the cause of 
your failure. 

20 : 21, 22. Praise first, then victory. 

35. Man never gains by doing wrong in order that good 
may come of it. 

EZRA. 

3 : 8. First the temple is built ; afterward, (in Nehemiah) 
the walls of the city the inner before the outer. 
Cleanse the heart and all else will be clean. 

7 : 10. Ezra prepared his heart, not his head, to seek the 
law of the Lord, and to do it. 

NEHEMIAH. 

Nehemiah had seven lorms of opposition : n his 
work : 

1. The laughter of the enemy, chapter 2 : ?9. 

2. " grief " " " " 2 : 10. 

3. " wrath " 4:1. 

4. " mocking " " < 4:3. 

5. " conflict with " " " 4:8. 

6. " subtility of " " " 6:1. 
By within, " 6:10. 

7. " craft without " 11:35. 

Nehemiah l>egan jiis work in pra}-er. Chap. 1 : 4, 
" I prayed Ixjfore the God of heaven." 

Nehemiah continued his work in prayer. Chap. 
4 :4, "Hear, O our 



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Nehemiah did not cease at the end of his work. 
Chap. 8:31, "Remember me, O my God, for 
good. " 

3 : 10. " Against his house. " There is work for Christ at 

home, as well as in foreign lands. 

4 : 8. Hindrances : 

What things are hindrances ? 
How can they be removed ? 

13. Walk, war, and work. 

8: The word " understand " occurs six times in this 
chapter, vs. 2, 3, 7, 8, 12, 13. 

13 : 18. A warning from history. 

24. They intermarried with the heathen ; hence, mixed 
principles and mixed speech. 

ESTHER. 

The name of God is not found in Esther, but the 
activity of God is overruling history, reward 
ing the good, punishing the evil, etc. It is the 
one book in the Bible devoted to showing the 
providence of God in human affairs. 

This book teaches: 

1. The overruling providence of God. 

2. His love for his own people. 

3. His power to overturn the devices of the 
wicked. 

JOB. 

Job has no mention of the ancient patriarchs or 
old Jews. 



ft 
62 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

1: 1. Job is called "perfect" here: in last chapter, 
verse 6, he "abhors himself. 7 The more one 
, grows in grace, the meaner he is in his own 
eyes. 

8. "There is none like him in all the earth." Job was 
so like God that there was none like him. 

12. Men and devils can only give what God prescribes: 
they cannot themselves appoint our physic. 

21. Affliction is like the wind that blows one vessel 

into port, another to destruction. 
"How much did he leave? " said a man when the 
death of a wealthy friend was mentioned. " He 
left it all. " 

2 : 3. Job was a perfect man, but needing correction. 

3 : 3. Instead of cursing the sin in which he was born, 

Job cursed the da}* in which he was born. 

5 : 17. By chastening, the Lord separates the sin that he 
hates, from Uie sinner whom he loves. 

7 : 13. God sometimes puts his children to bed in the 
dark. 

14:14. " If a man die, shall he live again?" Answered 
by Christ at Lazarus s grave. They looked for 
resurrection before Christ s time. See Acts 23: 
6; 24:14, 15; 2 Sam. 12:23; Acts 26:6, 7; 
28:20. 

18 : 14. Death may be the king of terrors, but Jesus is 
King of kings. 

19 : 25, 28. Redemption Resurrection. 



JOB. 63 

23:10. God s furnaces are still burning: e. g. , physical 
suffering, mental distress. Gold comes forth 
pure, precious. Cf. Mai. 3:3. 

29 : Job says "I," twenty times. Cf. Chap. 42: 6. 

Some nftm write the letter small "i" but no 
one can get rid altogether of the self-life. One 
cannot jump from his shadow; but if he turns 
toward the sun, it is cast behind; and if he 
stands beneath it at its zenith his shadow is be 
neath his feet. 

33 : 4. " The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath 
of the Almighty hath given me life." You 
have but one arrow to shoot at the mark. If it 
be shot at random, God may never put another 
into your bow. 

V. 24. Ruin, Ransom. 

V. 25. Regeneration. 

V. 26. Reconciliation, Righteousness. 

V. 28. Resurrection. 

34 : 21-24. Hiding from the presence of God. See Gen. 

3:8, 10; Matt. 10:26. 
Hiding under false hopes. See Ps. 10:11; Job 8: 

13, 16. 
Hiding under false peace. 1 Thess. 5:3; Matt. 

25:44, 46. 
Hiding under self-righteousness. Luke 18: 11, 12; 

Rom. 10:1-4; Job 29. 
Hiding under God s works. Acts 8: 9-13. 
Hiding under a lie. Acts 5:1-11; 2 Kings 5:25; 

Isa. 28:17. 
Hiding desired at judgment time. Rev. 6: 12-17. 



64 NOTES FROM MY 1UBLE. 

23. A lx>y received a number of parcels from his father, 
to carry. His brother said, " You have got too 
man}-. " "Never mind," he replied, "father 
knows how many I can carry. " 

38:7. "The morning stars sang together" vibrated. 
Light is produced by motion. 

42 : 2. The Lord s doing and thoughts. Margin. 

6. "I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes." 
Moses hid his face at the burning bush. Ex. 3: 6. 
Peter realized his sinfulness. Luke 5: 8. 
Paul fell to the earth. Acts 9 : 4. 
John " fell at His feet as dead." Rev. 1 : 17. 

13. God doubled Job s family. He had ten children 

on earth and ten in heaven. 

14. Jemima dove. 
Kezia cassia. 
Keren-happuch horn of paint. 

Three names signifying beauty j so that Job s 
leprosy left no taint 

PSALMS. 

In Job man had been taught to know himself. In 
Psalms he is taught to know the Lord. 

1 : 1. Walketh, standeth, sittcth. 

3. All the Lord s trees are evergreens. 

3 : T RIAL. Vs. 1, 2. 
RUST. Vs. 3, 7. 

RIUMPH. V. 8. 



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PSALMS. 65 

4 : How to win the ungodly to Christ: 
V. 1. Prayer for help. 
V. 2. Expostulation. 
V. 3. Warning. 
Vs. 4, 5. Exhortatipn. 
Vs. 6-8. Testimony to the joy of religion. 

7. The believer s heart is God s storehouse. 

5:3. To be miserable, look within. 
To be distracted, look around. 
To be happy, look up. 

8:4. " What are men that He should heed us ? " cried 

the king of sacred song ; 

" Insects of an hour, that hourly work their brother 
insect wrong. " 

9 : 8. When Roland Hill was asked what would become 
of the heathen, he said that if he did not meet 
some of them in heaven, he would see the reason 
why. 

V. 17. The forgotten God. 
V. 18. The unforgetting God. 

11 : 5. God tests the righteous, but detests the wicked. 

12:2. "Double heart." 

"Fixed heart." Ps. 67:7. 
"Glad heart." Ps. 16 : 9. 

14:1. "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no 
God." The Bible was not written for fools : a 
wise man knows there is a God, so he need not 
be told so in the Bible. 
Root no God. 
5 



66 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

Trunk corrupt. 

Fruit alx>minable works. 

15 : 3. Righteousness in word, act, and thought. 

16 : 11. Joy : Quantity fulness. 

Dignity at thy right hand. 
Duration forevermore. 
For short sorrow, we shall have eternal joy. 
For a little hunger, an eternal banquet. 
For a little sickness and affliction, everlasting health 

and salvation. 

For a little bondage, endless liberty. 
For disgrace, glory. 
For evil surroundings, the elect. 
For Satan s temptations, the comfort of Christ. 
For the lion s den, the presence of the Lion of the 

tribe of Judah. 

17 : 15. a. Man s life, a sleep. 

I. Death, man s awakening. 

c. The inheritance at the other side. 

(I. Satisfaction. 

19 : 7. Fourfold action of God s word : converting ; mak 
ing wise ; rejoicing ; enlightening. 

20: V. 1. The defending name. 
V. 5. The displayed name. 
V. 7. The name depended upon. 
Ps. 22. Yesterday. 
Ps. 23. To-day. 
Ps. 24. For ever. 

Ps. 22. The good Shepherd laying down his life for 
his sheep. 



PSALMS. 67 

Ps. 23. The good Shepherd blessing them. 
Ps. 24. The good Shepherd leading them to the 
promised land. 

22 : 1. This Psalm begins with the atonement-cry of Christ, 

and ends with the cry that indicated the finish of 
the atoning work. 

31. The original reads: "They shall come and shall 
declare his righteousness unto a people that shall 
be born, It is finished." 

23 : " Blessed is the day, " said an old divine, when 

Ps. 23 was born ! " 

Nearly everyone can repeat Ps. 23 from memory, 
but not everyone from the heart. 
Perfect satisfaction. V. 1. 
Rest, quietness. V. 2. 
Restoration, guidance. V. 3. 
Consecration, joy. V. 5. 
With me the Lord. 
Beneath me =- green pastures. 
Beside me still waters. 
Before me a table. 
Around me mine enemies. 
After me goodness and mercy. 
Ahead of me the house of the Lord. 
Happy life. V. 1. 
Happy death. V. 4. 
Happy eternity. V. 6. 

3. "He restoreth my soul." "That s a dead un," 
said an army doctor, as he pointed to one of the 
bodies in the trenches before Sebastopol. "Oh, 



68 NOTES FROM MY HTBLE. 

no," said the body, "I m worth a good many 
dead men yet." And the "dead un is now 
, Lord Wolseley. 

23 4. You may talk about Jesus, but as soon as you pet 

into the valley you will talk to him. 
A shadow will not hurt, but the shadow of a dog 
means a dog somewhere around. 

5. When-fore doth the Lord make your cup run over, 

but that others might taste, the liquor ? 

6. The Shepherd leads, and goodness and mercy bring 

up the rear. 

, All God s children have two footmen, goodness 

and mercy, coming on behind them. 

The niirnfg of (foil illustrated l>y J salm 23. 

*Ps. 23 : 1. Jehovah-reah, the Lord my Shepherd. 

Gen. 22 : 14. Jehovah-jireh, the Lord will provide. 

Judges 6 : 24. Jehovah-shalom, the Lord send 
peace. 

Ex. 15 : 26. Jehovah-rophi, the Lord that healeth. 

Jer. 23 : 6. Jehovah-tsidkenu, the Lord our right 
eousness. 

Eze. 48 : 35. Jehovah-sham raah, the Lord is there. 

I-.-.. .">- :11. Jrhovah-nakah, the l.: l will -uiilr 
thee. 

Isa. 1 : 9 (Rom. 9 : 29). Jehovah-sabaoth, the Lord 
of hosts. 

Ex. 17 : 15. Jehovah-nissi, the Lord my banner. 

Jer. 51 : 56. Jehovah-gemulah, the Lord of rec 
ompense. 

24 : 1. This verse is inscribed on the wall of the Royal 
Exchange, London. 



PSALMS. 69 

3. "Ascend." V. 3. 
"Stand in." V. 3. 
Abide." Ps. 15 :1. 

25:11. David prayed, "Pardon mine iniquity. " Pharaoh 
prayed, "Take away the frogs." The latter 
prayed to escape the punishment; the former, 
the cause of it. 

26 : The heart. V. 2. 

Eyes. V. 3. 
Hands. V. 6. 
Voice. V. 7. 
Feet. V. 12. 

27 : 5. A man must have both feet firmly planted on the 

Rock before he can pull sinking men out of the 
floods. 

28 : 1. Sometimes God is silent because of his love to us. 

Zeph. 3:17. 

Sometimes, to test our faith. Matt. 15 : 23. 
Sometimes, because he has spoken, but we have not 

listened. 

30: 5. "In His favor is life," or, "His favor is for a 
life-time." R. V. margin. "Life-time" con 
trasted with "moment." Cf. Isa. 54:7, 8. 

32: 1, 2. Seven steps to blessedness of forgiven sin, etc. : 
Conviction. Vs. 3, 4. 
Confession. V. 5. 
Forgiveness. V. 5. 
Prayer. V. 6. 
Protection. V. 7. 



70 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

Guidance. Vs. 8, 9. 
Joy. Vs. 10, 11. 

1, 2. Sin forgiven and subdued. 

34 : 8. Men must taste of God s grace here, or they will 
never taste of bis glory hereafter. 

36: 1-4. Seven steps of wickedness: 

(1.) No fear of God before his eyes. 

(2.) Flattereth himself in his hateful iniquity. 

(3.) Words of his mouth, iniquity and deceit. 

(4. ) Left off to be wise and do good. 

(5.) Deviseth mischief upon his bed. 

(6.) Setteth himself in a way not good. 

(7.) Abhorreth not evil. 

37:38. Strauss, when dying, said to his daughter, "This 
is the last of me. Now we separate. I sink 
into nothing." 

40:2,3. Pit rock song celebration. 

Till you know the depth of the pit into which you 
have fallen, you will never properly praise the 
hand which raises you out of it. 

7. "In the volume of the BOOK it is written of ME." 
Luther asks: "What book and what person?" 
"There is only one book the Scriptures; and 
only one person Jesus Christ." 

41: 4. Saul and Judas both said, " I have sinned ;" David 
adds : against Thee. " 

42 : 11. Hope is like the sun, which, as we travel toward 
it, casts the shadows behind us. 



PSALMS. 71 

44 : 1. While the songs of other nations sing of the hero 

ism of their kings, the songs of Israel celebrate 
the doings of God. 

45 : 7 . The cause, 

The nature, 
The measure, 

of God s anointing. 

10. Four calls :- 
Hearken. 
Consider. 
Incline thine ear. 
Forget. 

49 : 7, 8. The bod}- might be redeemed from man by money 
(Lev. 25 : 47-49), but God himself redeems the 
soul. V. 15. 

51: 4. A saint says, "What have I done?" A sinner 
says, "What must I suffer?" One mourns for 
the active evil, the other for the passive evil. 

52 : 5. The wicked rooted out of the land of the living. 
8. The righteous rooted in the house of God. 

55:9-11. Seven terms declaring the wickedness of the city: 
Violence and strife; mischief, and sorrow, and 
wickedness in the midst of it; deceit and guile 
in her streets. 

19. They have no changes, therefore they fear not 
God." When all goes well with a man, it is 
almost sure to be his ruin. 



72 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

55:22. "Cast thy burden upon the Lord." The original 
is, "roll thy burden onto the Lord." We could 
not pick up the heavy ones and cast them. 

56 : 3. Fear should lead to faith. 
11. Faith should put away fear. 

58 : 2. Outward acts are more scandalous among men, 
but inward wickedness is more dangerous before 
God. 
61 : Distance the end of the earth. V. 2. 

Distress overwhelmed. V. 2. 

Deliverance the Rock. V. 2. 

Defense a shelter and a strong tower. V. 3. 

Dwelling-place thy tabernacle. V. 4. 

Duration forever. V. 7. 

Destiny abide before God. Vs. 4, 7. 

Determination I will sing praise unto thy name 
forever. 

62: "Only." 

10. "I do not observe that grace always grows in the 

same ratio with a growing income." 
It is often said that such a man owns millions; but 
most frequently the millions own the man. 

63 : 1. My soul thirsteth for thee. 
5. My soul shall be satisfied. 
8. My soul followeth hard after thee. 

7. Seven shadows: 

Wings, for shelter. Ps. 63 : 7. 
Tabernacle, from daily trial. Isa. 4 : 6. 



PSALMS. 73 

Hand, for service. Isa. 49 : 2. 
Rock, for refreshment. Isa. 32 : 2. 
Cloud, the Lord s presence. Isa. 4:5, 6. 
Almighty, for power. Ps. 91 : 1. 
Beloved, for rest. Cant. 2 : 3. 

66 : 5. Come and see. 
16. Come and hear. 

66 : 12. God brings through fire and water into a wealthy 
place. Satan casts into fire and water in order 
to destroy. Mark 9 : 22. 

71 : 3. Continual abiding. 

14. Continual hope. 
72 : 15. Continual prayer and praise. 

78:11. A lively faith is blessed with a good memory. 
Forgetfulness is an early and sure sign of un 
belief. 

22. No sin dishonors God like unbelief. 
24. Manna to eat, not to analyze. 

27. Fowls for food. 

Food for fowls. Ps. 79 : 2. 

31. Fat in body; lean in soul. Ps. 106 : 15. 
38. See note on Deut. 28 : 28. 

80 : 5. " Thou f eedest them with the bread of tears. " 
" He should have fed them also with the finest of 
the wheat." Ps. 81 : 16. 

81 : 3. Nowadays we have made an atheist of the trumpet. 



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83 : 3. The Lord s Hidden Ones" : 

With Christ in God, for salvation and life. 

1 John 5: 11, 20; Col. 3:3. 
Under the shadow of his wing, for shelter and 

safety. Ps. 17:8. 
In the secret of his presence, for communion 

with him. Ps. 31 : 20. 
In his pavilion, for testing and proving. Ps. 

27:5; 18:11. 

In his quiver, ready for use. Isa. 49 : 2. 
In the shadow of his hand, for strength and 

service. Isa. 49 : 2. 

84 : 11. The soul of man depends on God to keep it in its 

true orbit, just as the earth depends on the sun. 
Sever man from God, and he starts away into 
darkness and disorder. 

86: 6. In all thy prayers let thy heart be without the 
words, rather than thy words without the heart. 

89 : " Mercy of the Lord. " 

"I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever." 

V. 1. 

" Mercy shall be built up forever." V. 2. 
" Mercy shall go before Thy face." V. 14. 
" My mercy shall be with him." V. 24. 
" My mercy will I keep for him f orevermore. " 
V. 28. 

90: 12. "So teach us to number our days that we may 
apply our hearts unto wisdom." St. Augustine 
says we will never do that unless we number 
every day as our last day. 



PSALMS. 75 

The last day is hidden that every day may be 

heeded. 

I expect to pass through this world but once. If, 
therefore, there be any kindness I can show, any 
good I can do, any help I can give, let me do it 
now : let me not defer it or neglect it, for I will 
not pass this way again." 

91 : The believer s security. Vs. 1-12. 

His victor y. V. 13. 

His exaltation. Vs. 14, 15. 

His eternal satisfaction. V. 16. 

Saints are safe " Surely He shall deliver thee 
from the snare . . . and from the noisome pes 
tilence. " V. 3. 

The evil is limited L Only with thine eyes shalt 
thou . . . see the reward of the wicked. " V. 8. 

The Lord has reasons for preserving his own 
Because thou hast made the Lord, my refuge, 
the Most High, thy habitation. " V. 9. 

4. The feathers of God s wings are his tender mercies. 
See Psalm 145 : 9. 

91 : 11, 12. Satan s version Presumptuousness. 
Christ s version Trustfulness. 

14-16. Seven things God will do for the believer : 
" I will deliver him." Vs. 14, 15. 
" I will set him on high." V. 14. 
1 will answer his call." V. 15. 
" I will be with him in trouble." V. 15. 
" I will honor him." V. 15. 



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" I will satisfy him. 1 V. 1C. 

" I will show him my salvation." V. 16. 

92 : 7. The wicked flourish to become fuel. 

14. The righteous flourish for fruit. 

94 : 13. Grace withereth without adversity. The devil is 
but God s muster-fencer, to teach us to handle 
our weapons. 

96 : 6. Some people say there is no need of beauty in 
God s sanctuary ; you should use the money for 
the heathen meaning themselves. 

97 : 2. God s government is often mysterious, yet always 
righteous. 

101 : Years ago a prince of Saxe-Gotha, whenever he 
thought that one of his ministers or judges was 
not what he ought to be, used always to send 
him Ps. 101 to read. 

103 : The mercy of God. 

Its quality -tender." V. 4. 
Its measure plenteous. " V. 8. 
Its extent as high as heaven. V. 11. 
Its duration "from everlasting to everlast 
ing." V. 17. 

13. Fatherly pity filial fear. 

105:37. "He brought them forth with silver and gold : 
and there was not one feeble person among 
their tribes." Wealthy and healthy. 

106 : They believed and sang. V. 12. 

They believed not and murmured. Vs. 24. 25. 



PSALMS. 77 

106 : 15. Fat in body lean in soul. See Psalm 78 : 31. 

107 : Note the contrasts : 

No city to dwell in. V. 4. A city of habita 
tion. V. 7. 

Hungry, thirsty, faint. V. 5. Satisfied and 
filled. V. 9. 

Caused to wander. V. 7. Led forth. V. 40. 

Sit in darkness. V. 10. Brought out of dark 
ness. V. 14. 

Bound in affliction and iron. V. 10. He 
brake their bands in sunder. V. 14. 

Draw near to death. V. 18. He saveth out of 
distresses. V. 19. 

Go down to the sea. V. 23. Bringeth to the 
desired haven. V. 30. 

Commandeth and raiseth stormy wind. Y. 25. 
Maketh the storm a calm. V. 29. 

19. Free grace is a harbor into which few ships run, 
except through stress of weather. Till the end 
of the creature is reached, men will not seek the 
Creator. 

116 : A Christian s experience : 

Conviction "I found trouble and sorrow." 

V. 3. 
Prayer "0 Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my 

soul." V. 4. 
Gratitude What shall I render unto the 

Lord for all his benefits ? " V. 12. 
Assurance "0 Lord I am thy servant. 

V. 16. 



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116:16. Freedom under Christ "Thou hast loosed my 
bonds." 

117 :, 2. " The truth of the Lord endureth forever." " I 
am the truth." 

il9 : 18. Disciple s prayer. " Hide not thy commandments 

from me. 
Promise. " I will instruct thee and teach thee." 

Ps. 32 : 8. 
Fulfilment. Then opened he their understanding, 

that they might understand the Scriptures." 

Luke 24 : 45. 

SI. " I have stuck unto thy testimonies." The best 
law for Bible study is perseverance, stick ing- to. 

59. 60. The prodigal son s epitaph. 
Thinking for himself. 
Thuikmg about himself. 
Practical and prompt. 

71. It is a good wave that was^o* the mariner on to the 

rock. 

94. Profession "I am vhiue ; " 
Prayer save me ; " 
Plea "for I have sought thy precepts." 
" Thine,"- by purchase, surrender. 
"Save me" from sin, error, enemies, carelessness, 
temptation, self. 

105. >4 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet" to walk by ; 
not to our tongues to talk about. 

114. "Thou art my hiding-place." Hidden in Him, 
never from Him 



PSALMS. 79 

136. Bendetti, a Franciscan monk, author of Stabat 
Mater," one day was found weeping, and when 
asked the reason of his tears, replied, I weep 

because Love goes about unloved." 


166. Trust and obedience. "Lord, I have hoped for 

thy salvation, and done thy commandments." 

121 : 4. Let not any think that the devil is now dead no 
nor yet asleep. As "He that keepeth Israel, 
so he that hateth Israel, "neither slumbereth 
nor sleepeth. " 

A poor woman in the East was robbed in the night. 
The sultan asked, "Why did you sleep ? u be 
cause I thought you never slept." 

Alexander the Great told his soldiers, < I wake that 
you may sleep. " 

5. The Lord is thy keeper day and night, in and 
out, forever. 

122 : 6 Wherever thou canst send a thought, God can com 
mand a blessing. 

125 : 1, 2. As the Lord encircles his people like a mountain- 
rampart, he must be removed before they can be 
removed. Hence, "Stand fast in the Lord." 
Phil. 4:1. 

131 : 1. Present. 

2. Past. 

3. Future. 

138 : 6. Pride never prepares a man for Paradise, but for 
perdition. 



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140 : 5. The net is " 1>y the wayside; " there is no danger 

in the way. 

> 
141 : 7, 8. " Our lx>nes are scattered at the grave s mouth, 

as when one cutteth and cleaveth wood u|xm 
the earth. But mine eyes are unto Thee, O 
God the Lord: in Thee is my trust; leave not 
my soul destitute." 

These texts are inscribed on the cross which 
marks the site of the well into which the dead 
bodies were dropped every night during the 
siege of Cawnpore, 1857 (preceding the mas 
sacre of Cawnpore, in which about one thou 
sand Europeans were murdered). 

143 : Full of prayers " Hear! " " give ear! " " an 

swer! " etc. 

5. Remembrance meditation -- musing upon. 
The works of God s hands cause eager desire 
and thirst. 

145 : 14. Lifting up. 
15. Looking up. 

17. What the Lord is " righteous in all his ways, 

and holy in all his works." 

18. Where the Lord is " nigh unto all them that 

call upon him, to all that call upon him in 
truth." 

19. What the Lord will do "He will fulfil the de 

sire of them that fear him : he also will hear 
their cry, and will save them. " 



PSALMS. 81 

150 : The most complete directory of praise: 
V. 1. Whom shall we praise? Where? 
V. 2. Why? 

V. 3-5. Wherewith? (Whatever is most help 
ful.) 
V. 6. Who shall praise? 

PROVERBS. 

When a young man said to Carlyle that there was 
nothing in the Book of Proverbs, he replied: 
c Make a few proverbs and you will think dif 
ferently of the book." 

He that would be wise, let him read Proverbs. He 
that would be holy, let him read Psalms. 

1 : 22. Simple ones scorners fools. 

V. 25. They "would none of my reproof." 
V. 30. " They would none of my counsel. " 
" Israel would none of me." Ps. 81:11. 

32. Bacon said, Prosperity doth best discover vice, 
but adversity doth best discover virtue." 

4 : 18. I am walking toward a great light, and the nearer 

I get, the brighter it is. 
The last words from Longfellow s pen : 

"Out of the shadows of night, 
The world rolls into light : 
It is day-break everywhere." 

When St. Cuthbert was overtaken in a terrible 
storm, his companions said to him, " The sea is 
before us, and the path behind us is blocked 
6 



82 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

with snow. What shall we do ? " He replied, 
"Thank God, the road to heaven is not ob 
structed." 

6 : 22. Shall lead shall keep shall talk. 

7 : 18-20. Like a faithless wife, the world takes advantage 

of the Lord s absence to seek guilty pleasure ; 
but this can only last till his return. On the 
other hand, the Lord s return ends his people s 
sorrows and brings them holy and everlasting 

joy- 

8 : 34. Willing, watching, waiting. 

10: 7. "The memory of the just is blessed." 

" Only the actions of the just 
Smell sweet and blossom in their dnst." 

22. The blessings we enjoy are not the fruit of our own 
merit, but the fruit of God s mercy. 

13 : 15. "The way of transgressors is hard," because, 

(1.) Sin begets sin ; 
(2.) it makes a guilty conscience ; 
(3.) it always turns out hideous ; 
(4.) it brings future punishment. 

24. Better the child cry than the father sigh. 

14 : 12. The cream of earth s pleasures floats on the top. 

He that thinks by a deeper draught to find yet 
more, fares worse. 

15 : II. Some things come to the poor that can t get into 

the doors of the rich, whose money blocks the 
way: peace, contentment, etc. 



PROVERBS. 83 



16 : 18. Be humble or you 11 stumble. 

17 : 17. A true friend is like ivy the greater the ruin, the 

closer he clings. 

18 : 24. We have not to hold on to Christ; he sticks to us. 

22 : 6. Happy are they who learn their first lessons in their 
mother s arms! 

Children old enough to sin are old enough to re 
pent. 

Satan does not wait till the children grow up; 
why should you? 

28 : 1. If Christians should shrink back at every contrary 
wind that blows, they would never make their 
voyage to heaven. 

ECCLESIASTES. 

9: 10. Better say, " This one thing I do," than to say, 
" These fifty things I dabble in." 

12 : 1. God prizes a Christian in the bud, and delights in 
the blossoms of youth more than in the sheddings 
of old age. 

Usually where the devil pleads antiquity, he re 
tains possession. 

As there are none so old that they need despair of 
mercy, so there are none so young that the} 
should presume on mercy. 

Youthful sins lay a foundation for aged sorrows. 

12 : 6. Pierson makes this verse set forth four ways of 
death : 



84 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

a. Silver cord loosed spinal cord loosed 

paralysis. 
6. Golden lx>wl broken the skull and brain. 

c. Pitcher broken lungs asph} xia. 

d. Wheel at cistern broken heart syncope. 

SONG OF SOLOMON. 

2 : 10. The experience of the believer who has found an 
all-sufficiency in Christ. 

15. Little foxes that spoil the vines : - 
Selfishness spoils love. 
Discontent spoils joy. 
Anxious thought spoils peace. 
Impatience spoils longsuffering. 
Bitter words spoil gentleness. 
Indolence spoils goodness. 
Doubt spoils faith. 
Pride spoils meekness. 
Love of pleasure spoils temperance. 

8 : 5. Leaning, not leading. 

ISAIAH. 

1 : 2-4. A tenfold accusation: 

1. Children have rebelled against God. V. 2. 

2. Israel doth not know. V. 3. 

3. My people doth not consider. V. 3. 

4. A sinful nation. V. 4. 

5. A people laden with iniquity. V. 4. 

6. A seed of evil-doers. V. 4. 

7. Children that are corrupters. V. 4. 



ISAIAH. 85 

8. They have forsaken the Lord. V. 4. 

9. They have provoked the Holy One of Israel 
to anger. V. 4. 

10. They are gone away backward. V. 4. 

6. From the sole of the foot even unto the head 
there is no soundness." Most people would do 
like the African princess who broke the looking- 
glass because she was so ugly. 
Civilization is a poor varnish. You have only to 
scratch it to turn up the same old egotism that 
has prevailed six thousand years. 

16, 17. An eight-fold instruction: 

1. Wash you, make you clean. V. 16. 

2. Put away the evil of your doings. V. 16. 

3. Cease to do evil. V. 16. 

4. Lean to do well. V. 17. 

5. Seek judgment. V. 17. 

6. Relieve the oppressed. V. 17. 

7. Judge the fatherless. V. 17. 

8. Plead for the widow. V. 17. 

18. No matter how fast the color is, the blood of Jesus 
Christ can wash it out. 

6 : 1. Uzziah s reign was a kind of Victorian era in Jew 
ish history. It was when this passed away into 
shame and disgrace that Isaiah saw the Eternal 
King on his throne. 

22 : 22. The Spanish Jews have a silver key of David, bear 
ing the inscription, "God shall open, the King 
shall enter. " 



86 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

26: 3. P. P. Bliss used to say, "I love this verse more 
than any other verse in the Bible, Thou wilt 
keep him in perfect ix>ace whose mind is stayed 
on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee. " 
The tree of peace strikes its roots into the crevices 
of the Rock of Ages. 

33 : This chapter is true literally of Sennacherib s in 
vasion. 

21. Jerusalem lacked a river, and nearly all large cities 
are built on seas or rivers. The Lord promised 
to be a river without the drawback that enemies 
vessels could come up against the city. So there 
is no drawback, no temptation in any blessing 
the Lord gives. 

40 : Nine aspects of man s insufficiency : 
V. t>. Grass, flower of field. 
V. 15. Drop, small dust, a very little thing. 
V. 17. Nothing, less than nothing, vanity. 
V. 22. Grasshoppers. 

6-8. The frailty of human life. Ps. 103 : 15, 16 ; Matt. 
6 : 30 ; Luke 12 : 28 ; 1 Peter 1 : 24. 

In its short life. Ps. 90 : 6 ; Jumes 1:11. 
In its full-blown glory. V. 6. 
In its sure decay. V. 7 ; 1 Peter 1 : 24. 
The permanence of God s Word. Mark 13:31 ; 
1 Peter 1 : 25 ; Ps. 119 : 89. 

Proclaimed among men. Col. 1 : 23. 
Centered in the gospel. 1 Peter 1 : 25. 

31. I never could understand the order mount up, 
run, walk, until I saw a man riding a bicycle. 



ISAIAH. 87 

It is easy to mount, but to walk or go slowly 
takes a clever rider. So with a convert. 

41 : 10. Fear and despair are high points of atheism. 

42 : 6. Called held kept used. 

One da} Miss F. R. Havergal asked her attendant 
to rend this verse : "I the Lord have called Ihee 
in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and 
will keep thee." "Well," she said, " I will just 
go home on that " and she died that day. 

43 : 2. "Where is Jesus of Nazareth, my old and faithful 
friend?" asked Jonathan Edwards, dying, "I 
know He will be with me." And he died tri 
umphant. 

45: 7. "I create evil"- not sin, but the punishment 
thereof. 

53 : Notice the paradoxes : 

Despised, yet accepted and adored. 
Poor, yet rich. 
To die, yet to live. 

The Rabbis said there must be a double Messiah to 
fulfil this chapter. 

2. In the sight of God, a tender plant; in the sight of 
man, a root out of a dry ground. 

55 : 7. God is angry with the wicked. Isa. 63 : 9, 10; Eze. 

22:21, 22. 
God is unwilling to punish. 2 Peter 3:9; Eze. 

33 : 11 ; Jonah 4:11. 

God is glad to forgive. Isa. 1:18; 1 John 
2 : 1, 2. 



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God rejoices over the forgiven. Luke 15 : 6, 7, 

22, 24 ; Isa. 62 : 3, 5. 



59 : 1. If our water-supply runs short, I do not conclude 
that the river or lake has run dry, but that our 
pipes are out of order. 

62 : 2. " By a new name " : 

Saints, because of their holiness. 
Believers, because of their faith. 
Brethren, because of their love. 
Disciples, because of their knowledge. 
Christians, because of their head. 

6 : 24. "And it shall come to pass that before they call, I 
will answer." God sometimes answers before 
we ask! 

JEREMIAH. 

1 : 11. The almond blossoms before any other tree. Hence 
speed, haste. V. 12. 

8 : 7. The Persians formed their almanacs by the move 
ments of the storks. 

a. Birds mingle music with work. 
L. They fly high when migrating. 

c. They know when to start. 

d. All the family goes together. 

16 : 2. Jeremiah was the only man in the Bible who was 

told not to marry. 

17 : I. Strong faith can live in any climate. 

18 : The story of the potter and his clay. 



JEREMIAH. 89 



Three men in the Bible whom God made up 
again : 

Jacob, after Bethel, fell into double dealing, 
but God met him again at the fords of Jab- 
bok. So business men restored. 
Simon Peter denied Christ, but Christ said to 
him, "Feed my sheep." So ministers re 
stored. 

Mark started with Paul and Barnabas, but 
went back ; yet God made him up again 
into the friend of Peter (1 Peter 5 : 13). 
So can backsliders be restored. 
Man differs from clay; he can resist his Maker. 
See Isa. 45 : 9. 

LAMENTATIONS. 

3 : 27. It is hard to cast off the devil s yoke when we have 
worn it long upon our necks. 

EZEKIEL. 

5 : 5. The Rabbis said that Jerusalem was the actual 
center of the earth, and in the church of the 
Holy Sepulcher is a large stone that marks the 
exact center. 

11 : 16. Israel, though dispersed, would find God even 
among the heathen. 

17 : 54. Some Christians are a "comfort" to the worldly. 

33 : 3. Four trumpet calls : 

Beware. Eze. 33 : 3 ; Num. 10:5. 



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Be glad. Num. 10: 10. 

Be useful. Rev. 8 : 6. 

Be ready. Eze. 7:14; 1 Cor. 15 : 52. 

34 : 10-29. Notice the "I will s" of the Lord God on behalf 

of his sheep. 
The Shepherd and the sheep : 

V. 11. I will search them and seek them out. 

V. 12. I will deliver them. 

V. 13. I will bring them out. 

V. 13. I will gather them together. 

V. 13. I will bring them in. 

V. 14. I will feed them. 

V. 15. I will cause them to lie down. 

V. 16. I will bind up the broken. 

V. 16. I will strengthen the sick. 

14. There are a good many lean sheep in God s fold, 
but none in his pasture. 

37 : 2. Many a preacher fails because he does not visit his 

people and find out their actual condition. 
Survey the ground where sin and death reign. 

4. Preaching to dry bones! 
9. Preaching to the wind! 

DANIEL. 

Nothing derogatory is recorded of Samuel, Jona 
than, or Daniel, yet they were not sinless, but 
confessed their sins. 

1 : 8. Boy heroes. By reason of their purpose God gave 
them 



DANIEL. 91 

a. Favor and tender love with the prince. 

b. Health and comeliness of features. 

c. Knowledge and skill in learning and wis 
dom. 

d. Pre-eminence. 

Don t eat the king s fare ; do n t go with the tide if 
it is wrong. 

12. Don t be afraid to test 3 our theories. 

15. Purity pays. He who abstains from drinking, 
smoking, etc. , always has the more comely feat 
ures. 

5 : 27. Weighed and found wanting : 

a. The moralist morality, integrity, upright 
ness. 

l>. The formalist ritual, outward prosperity. 
c. The worldling riches, business, pleasure. 

9 : 5-15. Notice the different wa}"s of expressing sin : 
We have sinned. Vs. 5, 8, 11, 15. 
" " committed iniquity. V. 5. 
" " done wickedly. V. 5. 
" " rebelled (by departing from precepts 

and judgments). Vs. 5, 9. 
We have not hearkened unto thy servants the 

prophets. V. G. 
We have trespassed. V. 7. 
" " been disobedient. V. 10, 11. 
" " transgressed. V. 11. 
" " neglected (<> pray. V. 13. 



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9 : 10. Under the old covenant God set his laws before his 
people ; under the new, he promised to put them 
into our hearts. See Heb. 1U : 16. 

HOSEA. 

7 : 13-15. God s seven-fold charge against Ephraiin. 
Fled from God. V. 13. 
Transgressed against God. V. 13. 
Spoken lies against God. V. 13. 
Not cried to God with the heart. V. 14. 
Assembled for corn and wine. V. 14. 
Rebel against God. V. 14. 
Imagined mischief against God. V. 15. 

11 : 3. Guidance step by step. 

AMOS. 

4 : 12. " Prepare to meet thy God." Four things in this 
text : - 

a. There is one God. 
I. We are accountable to him. 
c. We must meet him. 
</. We need preparation to meet him. 

JONAH. 

1 : 3. It is impossible to flee from God s presence. Ps. 
139:7. Give up the vain attempt to-day. 
Jonah "paid his fare" and never got it re 
funded. Sin is an expensive business. He took 
the wrong boat the wrong track. 



JONAH. 93 

1 : 4. Disobedience always leads us into troubled wa 
ters. 

5. The want of pardon is the only spring of a servile 
man s duty. He plies his prayers as sailors do 
the pumps only in a storm, or when fearful of 
sinking. 

11. Sin in the soul is like Jonah in the ship. It turns 
the smoothest water into a tempestuous sea. 

13, 14. The unavailing efforts of the Mediterranean oars 
man have their counterpart, 

a. In our efforts to convert others. 

b. " " our families. 

c. " " " " " ourselves. 
The cure is Cry to God. 

3 .- 2. After all the delay and discipline, Jonah had to go 
back to his first starting- place. 

4 : 7. Unbelief in the heart is like the worm in Jonah s 
gourd an unseen adversary. 

MICAH. 

The Rod in Micah : - 

5:1. Upon the Saviour ; cf. Lam. 3:1. 
6 : 9. Upon the sinner , cf. Ps. 2 : 9. 
7:14. Upon the saint ; cf. Ps. 23 : 4. 

6 : 8. A trinity of precepts : 
Do justly. 
Love mercy. 
Walk humbly with thy God. 



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NAHUM. 

1 : t Of the thirty Roman Kmi>erors and Governors who 
persecuted Christians, not one came to a peaceful 
end. 

HABAKKUK. 

2 : Five woes against five common sins : 

Unsatiableness. V. 5. 
Covetousness. V. 9. 
Cruelty. V. 12. 
Drunkenness. V. 15. 
Idolatry. V. 18. 

ZEPHANIAH. 

3 : 9. There are only two newspapers published in Pales 

tine to-day (1804), and both of them are in 
Hebrew. 

ZECHARIAH. 

Christ The Branch. Chapter 3 : 8. 
Priest and King. 6 : 13. 
Just and Lowly. " 9:9. 
A Fountain. " 13 : 1. 

The Shepherd. 13 : 7. 
3: V. 4. Cleansed. 

Clothed. 
V. 5. Crowned. 

MALACHI. 

2 : 5-7. The characteristics of a true minister : 
a. Fearing God his state of mind. 



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/>. Proclaiming the truth his message. 

c. Avoiding iniquity his purpose. 

d. Walking with God his habit. 
c. Turning men to God his work. 

/ . Teaching the law of God his duty. 

g. Acting as God s messenger his commission. 

3 : 3. The refiner sits watching until his own image is re 

flected in the metal. Job. 23 : 10. 

"But, that thy fires may surely burn 

All sordid, sensual dross away, 
Lord at the furnace watch and yearn 
Till from the silver s heart return 

Thine image pure as day. 

"O teach us lowly to remain 

Without one murmur at thy feet, 
Nor at the heaviest cross complain, 
Till thou each. docile spirit train 

Into thy will complete." 

8. Men try to rob God of their time by desecrating 
the Sabbath by toiling; but they die off younger. 

17. White clouds are drawn up by the sun from swamps 

and stagnant pools. 

The church is "the pearl (Matt. 13 : 45), and in 
dividuals are " jewels. " 

4 ; 2. How many men and women who were doomed to a 

life of poverty, monotony, and toil which almost 
amounts to slavery, have been translated by 
experience of the love of Christ out of darkness 
into wondrous light. The grave has been trans 
formed into the gate of glory. How many men 



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and women, themselves apparently lost and 
dragging others to ruin, have l>een arrested and 
converted and transfigured so as to become like 
the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her 
feathers with yellow gold. 



NEW TESTAMENT. 



MATTHEW. 

"Kingdom of heaven" used thirty-two times in 

Matthew. 

Sixty-five quotations from the Old Testament. 
In the first two chapters the evangelist sees the 

fulfilment of five prophecies. 
Two genealogies of our Lord : 

Matthew, the first: a king must have a genealogy. 

Mark, none: all a servant needs is character. 

Luke, the second: a perfect man must have one. 

John, none: God needs none. 

1 : 23. " They shall call his name Emmanuel . . . God 
with us." This gospel closes with the prom 
ise "Lo, I am with you alway!" Emman 
uel. 

2: 1. "Bethlehem" means "house of bread." Out of 
Bethlehem came the "Bread of Life." 

2. God caught the magi with a star, the fishermen 

with a fish. 

Wise men philosophers were the first who 
came to worship Christ. 

13. Obedience requires sometimes activity "flee;" 
sometimes patient waiting " be thou there." 
7 [97] 



98 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

2 : 14. Even in his infancy Christ suffered for us. 

God sent one man into the world without sin, but 
none without sorrow. 

3: 2. We do n t Iwlieve in a dry-eyed faith; repentance 
is the tear in the eye of faith. 

5. Sensational preaching. 
11, 12. Those baptized with fire escape burning by fire. 

16. The first time the Spirit rested upon man! 
A dove the emblem of peace. Gen. 8: 11. 
Of harmlessness. Matt. 10: 16. 
Of purity. Song of Solomon 6 : 9. 
Of beauty. Ps. 68:13. 

4 : 5. The devil sets most of us on a pinnacle of self-con 

fidence so that we fall. 

7. " It is written again." Do not blot out one passage 
of Scripture, but set another alongside of it. 
The Bible is self interpreting. John 19 : 37. 
God must be trusted, not tempted. 

11. The first Adam was tempted in a garden, and fell : 
The second Adam in a wilderness, and he came 
off victorious. 

19. If you would be fishers of men, you must leave your 
old nets. 

5 : The Law was given on a mountain to a man of God. 

The Law was expounded on a mountain by the 
Son of God. 



MATTHEW. 99 



5 : 5. A missionary in Jamaica asked a little black boy, 
"Who are the meek ? " He answered, " Those 
who give soft answers to rough questions." 

8. You must pass through the narrow gate of purity 
before you can see the King. 

11. Who would shake those trees upon which there is 
no fruit ? 

13, 14. Salt to preserve, and light to guide. Both silent in 
action but great in effect. 

14. Poor world ! What a faint light it receives from 

most Christians ! 
The lighthouse, if its light is not burning, is u peril 

instead of a safeguard. 
Men do not stumble when the lamp shines 

brightly. 

16. It is not you that is to shine, but your light. The 

moon shines by reflected light. A diamond is 

dull in the dark. 
The brighter the light, the less people remark about 

the lamp. 
The light abides pure, though the air be corrupted 

in which it shines. 

20. Soul-justifying Saviour. 
Self-justifying scribes. 

28. There may be guests in the house, although they 
look not out of the windows. So there may be 
lust in the heart of a man when his outward life 
seems pure. 



100 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 



5 : 38. To rise above simple justice is a great question, not 

, of education, but of sanctification. 

44. To do evil for good is human corruption. 

To do good for good is civil retribution. 

To do good for evil is Christian perfection. 

Plutart h said, "A man should not allow himself 
to hate even his enemies, because if you indulge 
this passion on some occasions, it will rise of 
itself on others. If you hate your enemies, you 
will contract such a vicious habit of mind, as 
by degrees will break out upon those who are 
your friends, or those who are indifferent to you. " 

Never contract a friendship with a man that is not 
better than thyself this was Confucius s advice 
regarding friendship. 

46. As an echo returns the voice it receives, so many 
will return a kindness when kindness is shown. 

48. We have got a good many Christians who are good 

in spots, but mighty poor in other spots. 
The serene beauty of a holy life is the most power 
ful influence in the world, next to the might of 
God. 

6 : 1. " Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, 

to be seen of them : otherwise ye have no reward 

of your Father which is in heaven. " 
He who desires honor is not worthy of honor. 
The harp sounds sweetly, yet it hears not its own 

melody. 
Good ends do not make bad actions lawful, yet bad 

ends make good actions sinful. 



MATTHEW. 101 

If some bestow a little money on the repairs of a 

church, it must be recorded in glazed windows. 
Where self is the end of our actions, Satan (not 

God) is the rewarder of them. 
He that traffics in God s service in order to procure 

men s praises, suffers shipwreck in the haven and 

loses his wages. 

2. Hypocrisy. 

The gospel professed may lift a man to heaven: 

but only the gospel possessed will bring him into 

heaven. 

We need not sound a trumpet for anything we be 
stow: for when the last trumpet shall sound, 

every work will be revealed. 
Saints should be like spire-steeples, smallest where 

they are highest. 
Religion is the best armor a man can have, but the 

worst cloak. 
Hypocrites are like looking-glasses which present 

the faces that are not in them. 
The hypocrite would not put on the appearance of 

virtue and religion if it was not the most proper 

means to gain love. 

14. Christ said, " Forgive to be forgiven." 

Paul said, "Forgive because forgiven." Eph. 
4:32. 

16. It is both meat and drink to a formalist to fast if 
others do but see him. Some professors are like 
hens thpt no sooner drop their eggs than they 
begin to chatter. 



102 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

6 : 26. Object lessons : fowls, lilies, grass, foxes, raven, 
, etc. 

The river of God s truth flows down before us pure 
and clear as crystal ; but we take our theological 
stick and stir it up, until you cannot see the lx>t- 
toni. Oh, for the simplicity of Christ in all our 
instructions the simplicity He practised when 
standing among the people, He took a lily, and 
said, There is a lesson of the manner I will 
clothe you ; " and, pointing to a raven, said, 
"There is a lesson of the way I will feed you ; 
consider the lilies behold the fowls of the air." 
Providence that does the housework of the uni 
verse ; bus}*, kindly, thoughtful, the hospitable 
word, that makes things ready for us, cares for 
all our life, busies itself about us, and that says 
to us, " The very hairs of your head are all num 
bered ! " 

7 : In this chapter we have : 

Two gates strait, and wide ; 

Two ways broad, and narrow ; 

Two classes many, and few ; 

Two destinations life, and destruction 

Two trees good, and corrupt ; 

Two fruits good, and evil ; 

Two things done to trees hewn down, and cast 

out ; 

Two houses ; 

Two foundations rock, and sand ; 
Two builders wise, and foolish ; 



MATTHEW. 103 



Two storms ; 

Two results the one house stood, the other 
fell. 

: 2. He that blovrs into a heap of dust is in danger of 
putting out his own eyes. 

7. Many pray like boys who knock at doors and then 
run away. 

13. If a man goes into the evil way, the great enemy 
of souls goes after him and blots out his foot 
prints. 

16. " Shake the tree, said Luther, "and you will see 

if there is any fruit. " 

When the wheels of a clock move within, the hands 
on the dial move without. 

19. If ye be not fruit-bearing plants, ye will become 
burning brands. 

24. Build on the Rock, and fear no shock. 

"Upon a rock." R. V. : "upon the rock." A 
bed of limestone underlies all Palestine, and 
Christ speaks of the man who digged down to it. 

; Four typical miracles : 

Leprosy, typifying guilt. 
Palsy, impotence. 

Fever, passion. 

Demoniacy, " slavery of sin. 

10. Christ marveled at unbelief. Mark 6 : 6. 
How is it ye have no faith ? " 4 : 40. 
Oh, thou of little faith. Matt. 14 : 31. 



104 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

Great is thy faith. Matt. 15 : 28. 

, So great faith. " 8 : 10. 

8 : 17. The key to Christ s atoning death : " Himself took 

our infirmities and bare our sicknesses." 

24. " He was asleep " Christ s humanity. 
26. "He rebuked the winds " His divinity. 

25. Lord We. ) 
Save Perish, j 

When a man really wants the Saviour, he does not 
need any one to teach him how to pray. 

9 : 9. It was a great victory to win a promising business 

man. 

36. What are the " multitudes " that Jesus sees to-day, 
from his throne in glory ? Eight hundred mil 
lions heathen, two hundred millions Mohammed 
ans, etc. 

10 : 8. The motive free grace. 

The measure free giving. 
The Christian s commission " Raise the dead." 
How? "Go, preach." V. 7. 
Who are the dead ? All. 1 Cor. 15 : 22. 
Why are they "-dead"? Because they are 

"alienated from God." Eph. 4 : 18. 
To what to be raised ? To " sit together in 
heavenly places in Christ Jesus." Eph. 2 : 6. 

9. Faith is better than funds for the life that now is, 
and for the life that is to come. 

38. A saint is often under a cross ; never under a curse. 



MATTHEW. 105 



11 : 29. The eastern yoke is made for two necks. If Christ 

is with us, we are blessed. There is no room for 
a third neck. 2 Cor. 6:14. 

The only description of Christ s heart "lowly." 
The burden of law remains eternally the same, but 
the inspiration of grace enables men to bear it. 
Something to do " Come unto me." 
Something to take His yoke. 
Something to leave Your burden. 
Something to find Rest. 

"Learn of me." If the life of Christ be not your 
pattern, the death of Christ will never be your 
pardon. What He was by nature, we should be 
by grace. 

30. He that deems the yoke of Christ heavy, will not 

find his crown easy. 

When Christ takes the burden of guilt off a sinner s 
shoulders, He places the yoke of obedience upon 
his neck. 

12 : 31. Those who think they have committed the unpar 

donable sin seldom worry themselves about other 
sins. 

45. If godly sorrow takes possession of the house, it 
will quickly shut sin out. 

13:23. Understanding the Word with the heart (v. 15) is 
the result of the Spirit s dealing, and indicates 
regeneration. 1 Cor. 2: 10, 16. 

45. The " pearl of great price" is the church. Jesus 
Christ is the merchantman and gave all to^pur- 



106 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

chase the pearl. Could not pay a higher price. 
Not "pearls," but the "pearl." Brought from 
great depths, into changed surroundings, at risk 
of diver s life; noted for purity; no need of pol 
ishing; perfect when found. 
The church is the pearl. Believers are "jewels." 

14 : 4. John the Baptist was an uncompromising preacher. 

9. The head of John the Baptist was a high price for 
u few moments entertainment. 

31. "0 thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou 
doubt? " Peter had enough faith to keep him 
from drowning, but not from doubting. 

15 : The woman s faith overcame His 
Silence. V. 23. 
Sovereignty. V. 24. 
Severity. V. 26. 

25. Christ heard the woman when she dropped the title, 

"Son of David " (v. 22). She was a Gentile. 
A prayer of three links, connecting earth with 
heaven: " LORD HELP ME." 

27. Do n t be satisfied with crumbs. Go for the whole 
loaf. 

16 ; 13 17. The answers of opinion and of revelation. % 
Why did Jesus come into the world? 1 John 
3 : 5, 8 ; John 1 : 29 ; 1 Tim. 1 : 15 ; Luke 19 : 
10, etc. 

13. It makes a great difference to men what they think 
of Jesus. 



MATTHEW. 107 



16 : 15. It makes less difference to a ruaii what others think 
of Jesus than what he thinks. 

16. A great confession. 
22. A great collapse. 
22, 23. The devil hates to consider the death of Jesus, 
knowing that it is so important. 

26. The devil gained the whole world and lost his soul. 

Who would change places with him? 
Pleasure, Profit, and Preferment are the wicked 
man s trinity: and his carnal self is these in unity. 

17 : 2. The law was given with thuuderings, lightnings, 
and darkness. Christ was manifested in glory 
and peace. 

5. This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well 
pleased; hear ye him." God here quotes three 
Old Testament texts: 

a. This is my beloved Son. Ps. 2: 7. 

b. In whom I am well pleased. Isa. 42: 1. 

c. Hear ye him. Dent. 18:15. 

This was the last time God spoke to men. 
He who refuses to hear the voice of Jesus Christ 
shall never see his face. 

18: 3. "As little children." Not foolish, not playful; 
but gentle, obedient, truthful, pure, trusting. 

5. The pastor who leads the lambs will be able to 
lead the sheep. Every time you lay your hand 
on a child s head, you lay it on his mother s 
heart. 



108 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

18 : 7. He that sina is weak; but he that leads others into 
sin is devilish. 

19:21. "If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou 
hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have 
treasure in heaven: and come and follow me." 
It was the force of these words that moved Francis 
of Assisi to give up the world and become tho 
power he was in the Church. 

22. Wealth is no harm: but the inability to give it up 

is deadly. 

23. Christian men often become rich, but rich men 

seldom become Christians. 

28. Now the world judges the godly. Hereafter the 
godly shall judge the world. 

20 : 27. A humble saint looks most like a citizen of 
heaven. 

21 : 37. Men would never have known that they would put 
God to death, unless Christ had been born. 

23 : 27. Whitewashed, not washed white in the blood. 

Some very good-looking people are deformed on 
the inside. 

24 : 2. John does not mention the destruction of Jerusalem, 

as he wrote after it had taken place. 

18. In the ruins of Pompeii there was found the petri 
fied body of a woman in the act of snatching her 
jewels. 

22. "The elect" are the "whosoever will s": the 
non-elect " are the " whosoever wont s." 



MATTHEW. 109 



24 : 42. The Lord s exhortations to holiness are never based 

on the fear of death, but on the hope of his 
return, and its unexpectedness. 

We know the duty (" watch "), but not the day. 
47. The promotion God gives is not like earthly promo 
tion, wherein the eminence of one excludes that 
of another but rather like the diffusion of love in 
which the more each has, the more there is for all. 

49. Unkinduess to the Lord s people, and fellowship 
with the ungodly, are two great marks of hypo 
crites. 

25 : 15. Many thousands of watchsprings can be made out 

of a pound of iron. See that you improve faith 
fully the talent God has given you. 

21. Not "well done good and successful" servant, but 

faithful" servant. 

God has three kinds of servants in the world (1) 
slaves, who serve him from a principle of fear; 
(2) hirelings, who serve him for the sake of 
wages; (3) sons, who serve him under the influ 
ence of love. 

34. The Church was chosen before the foundation of 

the world. Eph. 1:4; Titus 1:2. The Jews* 
(here) "from the foundation of the world." 

35. Many love at their tongue s end; but the godly 

love at their fingers end. 

26 : 20. The Lord s Supper is a memorial of a departed 

Friend, a prophecy of a returning Friend, and a 
parable of a present Friend. 



110 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

26 : 56. Christ s circle gradually narrowed down. F >t, 
, the multitudes left him ; then, many so-called 
disciples ; lastly, the twelve. 

27: Christ s innocence attested by: 
Judas. V. 4. 
Pilate s wife. V. ! .. 
Pilate. V. 24. 
Herod. Luke 23 : 15. 
Thief. Luke 23 : 41. 
Centurion. Luke 23 : 47. 

33. On Golgotha there were skulls of all sizes. 

35. The soldiers took from Jesus his garments, but 

He laid aside the robe of flesh of his own will. 

36. Twelve views of the cross. Luke 23 : 48. 

The soldiers saw in Christ :i criminal, with 

cruelty. 
The women saw in Christ a l>enefactor, witli 

sorrow. 

His mother saw in Christ a son, with anguish. 
The disciples saw in Christ blighted hopes, with 

perplexity. 
The first thief saw in Christ a malefactor, with 

hardness. 
The second thief saw in Christ a King, with 

penitence. 

The centurion saw in Christ divinity, with con 
viction. 
The priests saw in Christ an impostor, with 

mockery. 



MATTHEW. HI 



Angels saw in Christ love, with wonder. 

Devils saw in Christ the seed of woman, with 
dismay. 

Jehovah saw in Christ obedience, with affection. 

The passers-by saw in Christ nothing, with in 
difference. 
The cross cannot be explained. To nail our poor 

theories on that tree but shows how our love has 

cooled and stiffened and expired. 

57. None of the Gospels forget to mention Joseph of 
Arimathaea. 

63. Christ s enemies remembered what his disciples 
forgot: "We remember that that deceiver said, 
while he was yet alive, After three days, I Avil! 
rise again. 

28:19,20. "Go ye . . . I am with you." In other words, 

"Come with me to this work." 

God only had one Son, and he sent him on a for 
eign mission. 

MARK. 

Christ, the servant, goes about his work at once. 

1:22. There is an awful possibility of being "aston 
ished," without being convinced, persuaded, 
saved. 

23. A devil in a synagogue! 

30. The French for mother-in-law is " belle-mere "- 

beautiful mother. 
Suffering everywhere: 



112 NO TES FROM M7 BIBLE. 

In the synagogue. V. 23. 
In the home. V. 30, 
In the city. V. 32. 
But Christ is there too. 

2 : 1. If Christ is in the house, your neighbors will soon 
know it. 

3. Four men thought it worth while to bring one man 

to Christ. 

4. They thought it more important to get to Christ 

than to have an orderly meeting. 

5. Christ saw not their " perseverance " or " ingenu 

ity," but their " faith." 
Christ s coming 

Awakens hope, effort. 
Brings pardon, power. 
Calls forth praise. 

6. A new religion provoked opposition. Formality 

versus Will of God. 

8. To know the hearts of men was, with the Jews, a 

test of the true Messiah s claims. See Isa. 
11:3. 

9. The true character of a miracle : the outward mani 

festation of the power of God, in order that we 
may believe in the power of God in things that 
are invisible. 

11. "Thy sins be forgiven thee. . . . Arise and walk. " 
A separate miracle, being healed. So to-day, 
a drunkard may be forgiven, but he does not at 



MARK 113 

once recover his steady hands, etc. The spirit 
ual miracle must come first. Matt. 6 : 33. 

17. Christ, the Great Physician. 

How do we know when people are sick in mind ? 

in body? in soul ? 

What is the medicine? Prisons, hospitals, etc. 
Who are sick in soul ? Isa. 1 : 6 ; 1 John 1 : 7. 

23-28. Withered hearts. 

1- 5. Withered hand. 

3. " Stand forth" as a confession of need. 
5. "Stretch forth" as a confession of faith. 

4. These are indeed obstinate in their infidelity who, 

when they can say nothing against a truth, will 
say nothing for it ; and when they cannot resist, 
yet will not yield. 

5. Every conversion is a miracle. The sinner can no 

more "believe" than this man could raise his 
withered hand, without power being given from 
on high. 

6. Christ s enemies. 
7-12. Christ s friends. 

13-19. Christ s messengers. 

13. Chosen, 
Bought, 
Planted, 

that they should bear fruit. 
8 



114 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

3:28-30. The unpardonable pin: A union of light in the 
head and hatred in the heart. Not a sin of 
ignorance or presumption, but of defiance. 

4 : 26. The seed passed through seven stages: (1) cast 
into the ground; (2) springing up; (3) growing; 
(4) blade; (5) ear; (6) full corn in the ear; (7) 
harvest. 

28. Blade of thought. 

Green ear of conviction. 
Full ear of faith. 

Christ overcomes the storm, chap. 4 : 39; 
the devil, 5 : 13; 
disease, 5 : 29 ; 
death, 5 : 42. 
5: Devils prayed, and Jesus answered. 

A wicked man praj ed, and Jesus answered. 
A believing woman prayed, and Jesus answered. 
All asked for something, and all got it. 
Three very bad cases devils, disease, death 
beyond the reach of man (for man had tried 
and failed), cured by Christ. 

Note the testimony of the evil spirit to Christ: 
saw Him afar off : ran and worshiped : confessed 
His divinity: dreaded His indignation. 

2. Satan as a master is bad; his work worse; his 
wages worst of all. 

19. A missionary convert. 

22. It was his daughter s trouble that drove the ruler to 
Jesus. 



MARK. 115 

5 : 23. " My daughter lieth at the point of death : I pray 

thee, come and lay thy hands on her that she 
may be healed: and she shall live." A short 
prayer, and to the point. 

35. "Thy daughter is dead." A great part of the 
business of preachers to-day is to contradict this 
statement. Thy daughter, thy son, is unf dead. 
Instead of ceasing to pray, be more urgent and 
earnest than ever. 

6 : 20. Herod feared John . . . and did many things. 

Had he feared God, he would have done every 
thing. 

Herod was once a hopeful case Mark 1 2 : 34. 
but the sin of adultery kept him back. It was 
the price of his soul. 

27. John the Baptist, the last of the prophets, died as 
a martyr for the law of Moses, not because of 
his testimony concerning the Messiah. 

31. "Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, 
and rest awhile." There is progress in a Chris 
tian s life when he may not seem to be going 
ahead. Like a canal-boat in a lock, when it 
stands still but is rising all the time. 

34. God the Father, "full of compassion." Ps. 145 : 8; 
78 : 38. God the Son, < moved with compassion. 
Luke 7 : 13 ; Mark 1 : 41. 

37. Give ye them to eat. " Christ uses us and our 
resources. 



1 1 fi NO TES FROM J/T BIRL K. 

6:41. i< Christ gave them to his disciples to sol before 
, them." Go and distribute. 

7 : 24. "He could not be hid." As it is with the head, 

so it is with the members. Matt. 5 : II. 

29. The Syrophcenician woman did what the lawyers 
and scribes could not do she entangled Jesus. 

8 : 34. You cannot follow ti/tcr Jesus, until you have first 

come to him. 

36. He who sins for profit shall not profit by his sins. 

38. We are most ashamed of Jesus when He has most 
cause to be ashamed of us. 

9 : 8. Jesus only. 

34. Man only. 

Jesus alone on the mount of transfiguration, and 
aloue on the mount of suffering. 

The. Christian Life : - 

1 On the mountain-top" (v. 2). In the plain " (v. 0). 

Spiritual. Practical. 

Communion. Conflict. 

Occupied with Jesus. Occupied for Jesus. 

JESUS ONLY. 

Once it was the blessing now it is the Lord : 
Onco it was the feeling now it is His word ; 
Once His gifts I wanted now Himself alone : 
Once I sought for healing now the Healor own : 
Once twas painful trying now tis perfect trust: 
Once a half salvation now the uttermost : 



MARK. 117 

Once twas what I wanted now what Jesus says : 
Once twas constant asking now tis ceaseless praise; 
Once it was my working His it hence shall be : 
Once I tried to use Him now He uses me ; 
Once the power I wanted now the Might y One: 
Once I worked for glory now His will be done ! 

9 : 20. Like a bad tenant, the devil tried to do as much 
harm as he could when he got notice to quit. 

10 : 17. Salvation sought and missed. 

10:21. Jesus s first look was one of love: " Jesus behold 
ing him loved him." V. 21. 

Jesus s second look was one of sorrow: "Jesus 
looked round about, " and said, How hardly 
shall they that have riches enter into the king 
dom of God." V. 23. 

Jesus s third look was one of hope: " Jesus looking 
upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but 
not with God: for with God all things are possi 
ble." V. 27. 

" One thing thou lackest. " One leak can sink a 
ship, one sin destroy the sinner. 

22. Men read the Old Testament story of earthly 
prosperity held out as a reward for well-doing, 
and the New Testament disclosure of heavenly 
joys beyond the highest earthly possessions, and 
they say they would like to have the Old Testa 
ment rewards in this world, and the New Testa 
ment treasures for the next world. The call of 
the Master comes in to decide for one or the 
other: not both. 



118 NOTES FROM Mr 



10:33. Jesus proclaimed his coming sacrifice; hence He 
did not die a mere martyr s death. 

45. Jesus gave His life a ransom for many. 

Jesus gave Himself for the church. Eph. 5:25. 
Jesus gave Himself for me. Gal. 2:20. 

13 : 36. A watchman on a boat was asked what he did 

when he felt sleepy. "I clean the lamp," he re 
plied. 

14 : 9. It is God s way, to magnify any good jK)int He sees 

in us. Love hides sin. 

15 : 21. Rutherford speaks of the sweet burdensomeness of 

Christ s cross. It is such a burden as wings to 
a bird or sails to a ship it carries one forward 
to the desired haven. 

LUKE. 

1 : 20. That is why we have so many dumb Christians 
nowadays; they are waiting for tokens. 

26. Christ was foretold to: 

Adam as a man. Gen. 3: 15. 
Abraham as to His nation. Gen. 22: 18. 
Jacob as to His tribe. Gen. 49: 10. 
Isaiah as to His family. Isa. 11: 1-5. 
Micah as to His town. Micah 5: 2. 
Daniel as to His time. Dan. 9: 25. 
Mary as to His person. Luke 1 : 30. 
By angels as to His date. Luke 2:11. 
By a star as to His birthplace. Matt. 2: 9. 



LUKE. 119 

1 : 33. Napoleon established a kingdom by force, and it 
melted away. Jesus by love, and it keeps on 
spreading. 

42. Infidelity has no songs. V. 46. 

53. Christ sends none empty away but those who are 
full of themselves. 

2 : 1. When the time came for the prophecj regarding 
Christ s birth to be fulfilled, God put the whole 
world in motion to bring Mary to Bethlehem. 

7. Jesus was born in a common house of entertain 
ment where all might come to Him, and He died 
with His arms extended to receive all. 

9. When Christ was born, midnight gloom lightened 
into midday brightness. When Christ died, 
midday darkened into midnight. See Luke 
23 : 44. 

10. God s covenant of works was for the Jewish people 
alone, but the glad tidings are for all people. 
Mark 16: 15. 

The angel the first evangelist. 

Contrast the giving of the Law (Ex. 19) with the 
dawn of the day of Grace. 

14. Heaven s choir came down to sing when Heaven s 

King came down to save. 

15. " Go and see" a sure cure for doubt. 
17. The first preachers of Christ. 

25. " They also serve who only stand and wait." 



120 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

2 :49. " How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I 
must be about my Father s business?" The first 
recorded utterance of Jesus. His last: "It is 
finished." John 19: 30. 

4 : After Jesus had seen the open heavens, Satan 
tempted him. The more the blessing, the kee 
ner the temptation, for you are worth tempting. 

3. Beware of the " if s " of the devil. 

7. The price was too low. Christ was about to pay 
His life-blood for the Church, which is therefore 
safe until a higher price is offered. 

11. A little danger but a great providence. "In their 
hands shall they bear thee up, lest at any time 
thou dash thy foot against a stone." 

5 : 4. Trust God in the dark. Peter was an experienced 

fisherman and knew the best fishing grounds: 
yet he obeyed Christ, and with good result. 

5. The Christian Church everywhere is " toiling," in 
stead of seeking jx)wer from on high. 

30. More persons are ready to shrink from sinners, than 
are ready to shrink from sin. 

6 : 20. If you live by the gospel precepts, you may live on 

the gospel promises. 
This life is all the heaven the worldling has, and 

all the hell the saint ever sees. 
A Christian may be contented with his lot to-day, 

but not satisfied. 

26. Said Socrates : "What evil have I done that this 
bad man commends me?" 



LUKE. 121 

6 : 31. Socialists have much to say on the golden rule, but 
they make two mistakes: 

(1.) The}- make it apply to others more than t-> 
themselves, thus making it selfish. 

(2.) They urge the rule without the only true mo 
tive a Christian one. 

38. Heaven s measure good measure pressed down 
shaken together running over. 

40. The Septuagint reads, " A scholar is not above his 
teacher, but everyone will be instructed as his 
teacher is." Not sinlessness, but "rounded to 
fulness." 

45. " Would st thou have me see thee?" said Socrates, 
" then speak ; for speech reveals the man." 

7 : 13. The widow of Nain was the saddest woman in all 

the city until she met Jesus. 

27. Had the Messiah meant to appear as a temporal 
prince, his messenger would have appeared either 
in the pomp of a general or in the gaiety of a 
herald. 

8 : 4. "The parable of the four kinds of soil "- the indi 

vidual reception of the truth: 

a. The wayside Satan s thoroughfare (Matt. 

19:8; Heb. 3:13); Pharaoh, Festus. 
I. Rocky shallow and impulsive (Eze. 11 : 19; 

Gal. 5:7); Saul. 

c. Thorny worldly (Gen. 3:18); Balaam, Ju 

das, Ananias. 

d. Good. 



122 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

Showing 

. Their deficiencies, dangers, possibilities. 
It. Quick response, exposure, early failure. 

c. Good seed, ready response, evil surroundings. 

disastrous development. 

d. Proper reception, healthy growth, rich har 

vesting. 

One seed four kinds of soil. 
Three failures and one success! But the wayside 

may be broken up; the rocky ground blasted: 

the thorns uprooted. 

10. " Unto you it is given to know the mysteries . . 

but to others in parables. Just as the pillar of 
lire was seen by the Israelites, but to others it 
was a pillar of cloud. 

12. Satan s punctuality, power, and purpose. 

13. If sinners take up religion in a fair day, they will 

lay it down in a foul day. They are willing to 
go to sea, but on condition there are no storms 
They think too much of wearing a thorn, though 
it is borrowed from Christ s crown. 

9 : Notice seven points of weakness: 

V. 10. The apostles told Jesus "all that they 

had done." 

V. 12. They said, "Send the multitude away." 
V. 32. "Peter and they that were with him were 

heavy with sleep." 

V. 40. They could not cast out the evil spirit. 
V. 46. They reasoned among them which should 

be greatest. 



LUKE. 123 

V. 49. They forbade another casting out devils. 

V. 54. James and John asked Jesus to com 
mand fire from heaven and consume the Sa 
maritans. 
Man s thoughts are not as God s thoughts: 

Jesus said, "Give ye them to eat." The disci 
ples replied that they had not enough. 

Peter said, " It is good for us to be here. But 
while he spake, a cloud overshadowed them. 

The disciples reasoned which of them should be 
greatest. Jesus, perceiving the thought of 
their heart, rebuked them. 

They forbade another casting out devils. Jesus 
said, "Forbid him not." 

They ask Jesus to command fire from heaven. 
He turned and rebuked them. 

The man said, "Lord, suffer me first to go and 
bury my father. " Jesus said, " Let the dead 
bury their dead." 

10. The disciples told what they had done. Paul told 
what God had done. Acts 14: 27. 

29. "As he prayed the fashion of his countenance was 

altered. It was prayer that brought out the 
inner man. 

Growth in love tends to growth in loveliness. Many 
a homely face is beautified by religion. 

30. The churches become one on the Mount of Trans 

figuration. 
Jesus the King. 
Moses the lawgiver. 
Elijah the prophet. 



1 24 ^0 TES FROM MY BIBLE. 

9:31. "Who spake of his decease which he should ac 
complish at Jerusalem." The shadow of the 
cross appears on the Mount of Transfiguration. 
Men talk of what interests them most. The death 
of Christ was the theme of conversation here. 

33. It was good for Peter and James and John to be 
there, but not good to remain there. 

59. No one who does not put Christ first is one of His. 
Would you rather work with a sexton s shovel or 
with a resurrection trumpet? 

61. The greatest step to heaven is out of our own 
doors. 

10 : 21. The only time it is recorded that Jesus rejoiced 
Because thou hast hid these things from the 
wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto 
babes. " 

22. No man knoweth who the Father is but the Son, 
and he to whom the Son will reveal him." Wor 
ship which is not through Christ is of an unknown 
God. John 14: 6. 

27. "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God . . . and thy 

neighbor as thyself." What God has joined, let 
not man put asunder. 

28. The lawyer lacked, not knowledge, but the willing 

ness to do what he knew to be his duty. 
The priest and the Levite came " by chance ; " not 

so the good Samaritan. 
The Law never steps aside from its course. 



LUKE. 125 

10 : 40. Dost thou not care ? " These words were used by 
His disciples on another occasion, in tones al 
most blasphemous. Mark 4 : 38. 

42. " One thing is needful " the gospel. 
" One thing I know." John 9 : 25. 
" One tiling have I desired." Ps. 27 : 4. 
" One thing I do." Phil. 3 : 13, 14. 
"Not one thing hath failed. Josh. 23 : 14. 
Be not ignorant of this one thing. " 2 Peter 3 : 8. 
" One thing thou lackest." Mark 10 : 21. 

11 : 1. Pray, as a rest after service ; as a preparation for 

important steps ; as the condition of receiving 

the Spirit of God ; as a preparation for sorrow. 

Pray in faith reverence humility fervor 

simplicity. 

10. We ask for what we wish ; we seek for what we 
miss ; we knock for that from which we are shut 
out. 

12 : 13. Even under Christ there were inattentive listeners. 

15. A double caution against greed. Whenever Jesus 

spoke of wealth, he spoke in words of warning. 

16. The anathema of the rich fool is not against riches, 

but against selfishness ; against the mammon- 
worship which dethrones Jehovah. 
Notice in this parable, 

a. The false conception of life. 

b. Forgetfulness of divine providence. 

c. Denial of man s stewardship. 



126 NOTES FROM MY IHKLE. 

d. Neglect of true self-providence, laying up 
, treasure in heaven. 

12 : 20. " Thou fool ! " God s epitaph over this man. The 
world would have said, " Here lies so-and-so, 
n good man, kind to the poor," etc. 
Why a fool ? Because he thought he could fill 
his soul with the food his body enjoyed. The 
soul cannot eat and drink like the Ixxly. 
His soul was pining and starving in spiritual 
penury. 

37. " Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when 

he cometh shall find watching." 

"Watching conduct governed by the constant 
expectation of the Lord s return. Vs. 42, 43. 

43. "Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he 
cometh shall find so doing." 

14 : 11. Where humility is the corner-stone, glory shall be 

the top- stone. 

V. 17. " Say to them that were bidden, Come." 
V. 21. " Briny in hither the poor," etc. 
V. 23. " Compel them to come in." 

23. Religion a banquet. 

Sometimes by theological wisdom, by church archi 
tecture, by our conduct, toe compel people to stay 
away from the feast ! 

15 : First parable one lost in one hundred ; 

Second parable one lost in ten ; 

Third parable one lost in two. 

First parable Christ seeking the sheep; 

Second parable the Holy Spirit seeking the lost 



LUKE. 127 

sinner : inside " the house " (v. 8), that is, the 
church ; 

Third parable the Father receiving the returning 
prodigal. 

15 : 2. " This man human, yet divine. 

" Receiveth sinners" -His mission, the mark bj 
which His enemies distinguished Him. 

11. Contrast the story of Joseph and his father with 

that of the prodigal son and his father. 

12. This young man had a fortune in his hand not in 

his head or heart. Any fool can squander the 
former kind of fortune : but not the latter. 

13. The farthest a Christian can get from heaven, is 

the world. 

14-16. The devil has never had a famine of husks. 
There are always plenty of husks, and plenty 
of swine to eat them. 

17. The prodigal might have said his father was the 
richest man in Judea, but no one would have be 
lieved him. The testimony of many Christians 
is not accepted by the world because of their 
spiritual poverty. 

20. God was in a hurry to welcome the returning 

prodigal. 
Eyes, heart, feet, hands, and lips all engaged to 

welcome the wanderer. 
The father saw him, had compassion, ran to him, 

embraced him, kissed him, clothed him, feasted 

him, rejoiced with him. 
The backslider was missed from the family circle. 



] 28 NO TES FROM MY BIBLE. 

15 : 22. Robe of righteousness. 

Ring of assurance. 

Shoes of peace. Eph. 6:15. 

{Under the Law, God said, "Put off thy shoes." 
Ex. 3 : 5. 
T nder Grace, "Put on him the best robe." V. 22- 

24. A sort of revival to which the elder brother ob 
jected. 

29. No enjoyment with his father; only with his friends. 
Six things about the prodigal son : 

His condition " in want. " V. 14. 

His conviction " came to himself." V. 17. 

His confidence "I will arise." V. 18. 

His confession " I have sinned." V. 18. 

His contrition "no more worthy." V. 19. 

His conversion " He arose and came." V. 20. 
Turning-points in his life : 

Sick of home. Vs. 12, 13. 

Homesick. Vs. 17-19. 

Home. Vs. 20-24. 

Sequel. Vs. 25-32. 
Six cases of men "afar on* " from God: 

The prodigal. Chap. 15 : 13. 

The rich man. Chap. 16 : 23. 

The ten lepers. Chap. 17 : 12. 

The publican. Chap. 18 : 13. 

The beggar. Chap. 18 : 40. 

Peter. Chap. 22 : 54. 

16 : 20. In only one parable did Jesus use a proper name 

Lazarus. In only four miracles do we know 



LUKE. 129 

the names of those benefitted Mary Magdalene, 
Jairus, Malchus, Bartimaeus. 

When you step out of your self-contained residence, 
be sure you do not stumble over some Lazarus 
into hell. 

22. You must not expect to toil for the prince of dark 
ness all your life, and then to sup with the Prince 
of Light at the evening of death. You cannot 
go from Delilah s lap to Abraham s bosom. 

24. It is better to beg bread on earth (as Lazarus) than 
water in hell (as Dives). 

17 : 11-19. Leprosy is inherited; so is Sin: Rom. 5 : 19; 
contagious, Gen. 6 : 12; 
loathsome, Is. 1:6; 
fatal, James 1 : 15; 
separates its victim from his fellows, 

Eph. 2: 17; 
healed through faith in Jesus, Eph. 



18 : 12. "I give tithes of all that I possess." Some people 

pride themselves on going by the Jewish rule, 

and giving one tenth. Go by the New Testament 

rule give all you have. 
People are supposed to contribute according to 

their means, " which often signifies "according 

to their meanness." 
The Christian abuses the Jew for his stinginess, 

and yet is meaner than the Jew in his gifts to 

God. 

9 



130 NO TES FR OM MY BIBLE. 

18 : 30. I thank God I am not to have all my good things 
, in this life; for then I should have nothing to 

anticipate in glory: and I thank God I am not 
to have all my good things in the life to come; 
for then I should have nothing to enjoy now. 

19 : 4. The tree of Curiosity. 

Curiosity led Eve to destruction ; Zacchaeus to sal 
vation. 

5. Jesus and Zacchanis met at the foot of the tree 

and they have never parted since. 

6. Curiosity took Zacchieus up the tree, but Lov* 

brought him down. 

7. If Christ had declined to associate with sinners, 

He would have had a lonely time on earth. 

9. Notwithstanding his bad reputation, there were 
streaks of good about Zacchaeus, as there are 
about nearly every man. Gold is found in 
quartz, but sometimes in very small percentage. 

10. In all heathen religions, man tries to find his gods, 
but in the Christian religion, God tries to find 
man. 

21 : 8. Be not deceived. 

9. Be not terrified. 

14. Be not anxious. 

34. Be not taken unawares. 

22 : Downward steps in Peter s path. 

Sleeping. V. 45. 



LUKE. 131 

Smiting. V. 50. 
Following afar off. V. 54. 
Sitting among Christ s persecutors. V. 55. 
Denying Christ. Vs. 57, 58, 60. 
Contraries (Gal. 5:17):- 

Christ praying ; Peter sleeping. 

" submitting ; Peter fighting. 

(< suffering like a lamb ; Peter cursing and 

swearing. Matt. 26 : 74. 
Agents of Satan : 
Greed. V. 5. 
Jealousy. V. 24. 
Strife. V. 24. 
Self-confidence. V. 33. 
Temptation. V. 40. 
Not watching. V. 46. 
Lies. V. 57. 

22 : 61. 62. One look from Christ undid all the devil s work. 

23 : 12. There are sects and classes among the heathen, but 

they unite against Christianity. 

32. Three crosses. Christ died for sin ; one man died 
in sin ; the other a sinner, but he died in faith. 

38. Greek the language of literature and art. 
Latin the language of power and conquest. 
Hebrew the language of religion. 

42. The thief wanted to be remembered in heaven : 
Christ wanted to be remembered on earth. 

42, 43. One repentance at death that none may despair; 
only one that none may presume. 



1 32 NO TES FR OM MY BIBLE. 

The dying th u f believed on Jesus at His worst. 
From the side of Jesus Christ one man may go to 

heaven, another to hell. 
Sin is either finished on Christ s cross, or forever 

confirmed upon the sinner s head. 

23 : 43. Bossuet says, 

" To-day what promptitude ! 

With me - what company ! 

1 In Paradise - what repose." 
Prayer. Answer. 

Lord, remember me Thou shalt be with me 

when thou comest to-day 

into thy kingdom in Paradise. 

24 : 3. As the grave of Jesus is empty, so shall all graves 

one day be. 

10. Women were the first evangelists of the resurrec 
tion. 

29. A three-fold blessing. 

The presence of Jesus. Ask for it. V. 29. 
The peace of Jesus. Receive it. V. 36. 
Power from Jesus. Wait for it. V. 49. 

JOHN. 

In the gospel of John, the believer receives eight 
gifts : - 

" The true bread." Chap. 6 . 51. 
" EternaUife." 17:2. 
" Another comforter." 14 : 16. 
"Peace." 14:27. 



JOHN. 133 

" The words that Thou gavest me. " Chap. 17 : 8. 

" A new commandment. 13 : 34. 

" The glory which Thou gavest me." 17 : 22. 

" Thy word." 17 : 14. 
God s necessity " Even so must the Son of man 

be lifted up." 3:14. 

Man s necessity "Ye must be born again." 3 : 7. 
Christ s necessity "He must increase." 3:30. 
The servant s necessity "I must decrease." 

3 :30. 
The saint s necessity "They that worship Him 

must worship Him in spirit and in truth." 4 :24. 

The Trinity is inferred from three expressions in 
this chapter: 

(1.) -In the bosom of the Father." V. 18. 

(2.) "The Lamb of God." V. 29. 

(3.) "The Spirit descending from heaven." 

V. 32. 

" The word was God. " V.I. 
"The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us." 

V. 14. 

Jesus Christ was the Word, the living embodiment 
of the "first and great commandment," "Thou 
shalt love the Lord thy God . . . and thy neigh 
bor as thyself." Matt. 22 : 37, 39. 

1. God heard the Word. 

4. God felt the life. 

5. God seen the light. 

29. On the first day John led no one to Christ; on the 
second day, two. Vs. 35, 37. 



134 NO TES FR OX MY BIBLE. 

The sin of the world took Jesus away, but at the 
same time He took the power of sin away. 

1 : 31. Historical manifestation of Christ. 

Spiritual " " Chap. 2:11. 

Resurrection " " Chap. 21 : 14. 

37. John died young, but he led Andrew to Christ, 

and Andrew led Peter, and so the river flowed 
on. 

38. Christ s first words to his disciples, -What seek 

ye?" 

His last words, "Follow me." John 21 : 19, 22. 

41. Christ laid the foundation of his Church on broth 
erly love, as he had also done in the Old Testa 
ment, beginning th:it earlier building on Moses 
and Aaron, who were brothers. 

2: I ll. At the beginning and end of Christ s ministry, 
there were feasts in which wine was prominent. 
Under the new dispensation the blood of the grape 
symbolizes the blood of the Paschal Lamb. 
Water is the type of death and sorrow; wine 
of joy. This miracle showed the character of 
Christ s ministry. 

4. Mine "hour" always "of death. " 
John 7 : 30. 
8:20. 
12 : 23. 
12:27. 
13:1. 
17:1. 



JOHN. 135 

2 : 3. It is good to run short that we may be driven to 
Christ with our necessity. 

10. Sin gives its best first pleasures and honors. Its 
worst follows sorrow, poverty, disgrace, ruin. 
First harlots and riotous living, then swine. 
First Goshen, then Egypt. 

Christ gives first the cross, the race, the battle; 
then the crown, rest, and glory. 

2 : 11. Beginning of signs. Miracles are signs: 
(1.) Of His divinity. 
(2.) Of His mission as from God. 
(3.) Of His good will toward men. 
(4.) Of the truth He taught. 

Miracles did not manifest the glory of prophets or 
disciples. 



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3. Regeneration not imitation. 

Conversion not evolution. 

Born once, die twice. 

Born twice, die once, 

It is remarkable that Christ declares the need of 
an entire change of heart and nature to a man 
of the highest honor, an eminent teacher, and a 
sincere inquirer; while He speaks the sublime 
truth, "God is a spirit," to an ignorant and 
abandoned woman. John 4 : 24. 

Had Nicodemus received light in abundance, he 
would not have stayed three years in the Sanhe 
drim, listening to all the cutting remarks he 
must have heard about Jesus. 



136 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

His birth is truly low who is not born from above! 
It were better to have no being than not to have 
the "new being." 

There are no still-born children in the family of 
grace. 

3 : 4. An old sinner is nearer to the second death than 

the second birth. It is hard to cast off the 
devil s yoke when we have worn it long upon our 
necks. 

14. The brazen serpent was like the poisonous serpent, 
yet without sting. So Christ was like man, but 
without sin. 

Only one way of healing for the dying Israelite - - 
not criticism, not philosophy, but obedience; 
"Look! " 

16. God s first covenant had been 

(1.) With a person, in Abraham. 

(2.) Then with a family, in Jacob. 

(3.) Then with a nation, in the people of Israel 

at Sinai; and 
(4.) Finally with the world," embracing all the 

other three, in Christ. 

In creation, God gave the product of the earth for 
our bodies. In redemption, He gave His only- 
begotten Son for our souls. 

4 : Woman Well Worship Witness White 

fields. 

10. This woman was not interested in the gospel, but 
she was interested in the water business; BO 
Christ spoke to her about that. 



JOHN. 137 

Twice on earth our Lord asked a favor and twice 
was be refused: 

(1.) Here, when He asked for a drink. 
(2.) On the cross, when He asked for water, 
they gave Him vinegar. John 1 9 : 
28, 29. 

4 : 14. God does not want a dam, but a canal to carry the 

gospel. Dam up a spring and you get a frog- 
pond. 

Water rises to its level, and the water of life that 
comes from the throne of God will cariy one into 
the presence of God. 

15. She asked in ignorance, and He met her in mercy. 

37. Any farm-laborer is called to reap, but it takes a 
skilful man to sow. 

5 : 24. The voice of autumn is from life unto death. " 

The voice of spring is "from death unto life." 

35. John the Baptist was a "burning and a shining 
light." To burn is not enough a firebrand 
does that. To shine is not enough a glow 
worm does that. 

40. If youth be sick of the will-nots, old age is in dan 
ger of dying of the shall-nots. 

6 : Seven classes of people in chapter 6 : 

1. Curious. V. 2. 

2. Admiring. V. 14. 

3. Greedy. V. 26. 

4. Skeptical. V. 36. 

5. Murmurers. V. 41. 



138 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

6. Scoffers. V. 52. 
, 7. Backsliders. V. 66. 

6 : 27. A double paradox : - 

(1.) Jesus tells them to work not for the perish 
able food, which they could only get by 
work: 

(2.) But for the heavenly food, which they could 
only get by faith. 

30. They wanted to see first, then to believe. This is 
inverting God s order. 

35. Bread the commonest article of food on our 
tables is a type of Christ. It was through 
eating that Eve died. It is through eating that 
we may live. 

8 : 12. It was " early in the morning " (v. 2), when Jesus 

shone into this poor woman s heart. Then, pos 
sibly, looking out on the early sun, He said, " I 
am the light of the world." 

9 : 1. Jesus hid himself from people with sight, but re 

vealed himself to people without sight. 

4. It is lamentable that we should live so long a time 

in the world and do so little for God : and that 
we should live so short a time in the world and 
do so much for Satan. 

5. Hume said to a minister, the light of nature was 

all he wanted. On going down stairs, Hume de 
clined a light because the moon was high enough, 
and as he said it, he tumbled down stairs. 



JOHN. 139 

9 : 6. John Me Neill says the blind man was made out of 
clay, so clay was a good thing to mend him 
with. 

These means seem eccentric. Such is the gospel 
in the opinion of the worldly wise. They sneer 
at "the blood," and cry for "culture," "educa 
tion. " 

20. Christ opened the eyes of a blind man and he saw 
his father. You can open a man s eyes so that 
he shall see God. 

27. Trying to make converts already. 
10: 9. Safety liberty nourishment. 

14. "I am the Good Shepherd. " 

John calls Jesus the Good Shepherd because He laid 
down His life for the sheep. 

Paul calls Jesus the Great Shepherd because He rose 
from the dead. Heb. 13 : 20. 

Peter calls Jesus the Chief Shepherd because He is 
coming again. 1 Peter 5 : 4. 

27. Christ s sheep have two marks : 

(1.) In their ears, " They hear my voice ; " 
(2.) In their feet, " They follow me." 

A sick sheep will not follow the shepherd. 

37. " If I do not the works of my Father, believe me 
not." That is, if I live contrary to the life of a 
Christian, do not take me for a Christian. 



140 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

11 : Lazaru*, a type of the sinner, as to being 
, (1.) dead ; 

(2.) raised up ; 
(3.) seated ; 
(4.) feasting ; 
(5.) testifying. 

The miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead is a 
parable of spiritual life. 

25. A man was conversing with a high Brahmin priest 
who could not see the divinity of Jesus, and he 
asked : " Could yon say, I am the resurrection 
and the life ? " " Yes," he answered, " I could 
say that. " But could you make any one believe 
it ? " 

35. Pagan deities wept and bellowed when wounded, 
but were never touched with the feeling of human 
infirmities. 

43. It was a good thing Jesus called Lazarus by name, 
otherwise ever)- dead man in the graveyard would 
have come forth. 

12 : 20-24. Jesus talked of death to the Greeks who all the 
time dwelt on the beautiful, etc. See 1 Cor. 
1 .22. 

You can never cultivate self into anything but self. 

Jesus died alone : but three thousand at Pentecost 
were the harvest of His death. 

13: 5. You may wash the saints feet, but not with scald 
ing water. 



JOHN. 141 

13 : 17. To obey the truth and not know it, is impossible. 
To know the truth and not obey it, is unpro 
fitable. 

Divine knowledge is not as the light of the moon, 
to sleep by, but as the light of the sun, to work 

by. 

14 : 2. Those who look for a heaven made ready will live 
as though they were already in heaven. 

20. " Ye in me" -The believer s standing. 
" I in you " - The believer s strength. 

23. Faith makes all things possible ; 
Love makes all things easy. 

27. To fear is to have more faith in your antagonist 
than in Christ. What we get from God, we can 
not keep without God. 

15 : 2. a. No fruit. V. 2. 

b. Fruit. V. 2. 

c. More fruit, due to the purging. V. 2. 

d. Much fruit, due to the abiding. Vs. 5, 8. 

5, 8, etc. The root can only show its strength and glory 
in the branches. Fruitful branches bend low. 

God has made no provision in the Bible for isola 
tion. Scripture expressions all show a contrary 
state of things : 
We are "branches " in the vine, 
members " in the body, 
" stones " in the temple, 
" brothers and sisters" in the family, 



142 NOTES F110M MY BIRLE. 



bearing a close relation to each other. We have 
first to look up and realize our relation to God ; 
and then to learn the various relationships we 
have to our neighl>ors. All are in their different 
niches, filling the place God has given them ; 
and we must desire, not only to serve God, but 
by love to serve one another. 

15 : 15. If we lived nearer heaven we should have earlier 
notice of God s purposes. 

16. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you. " 
I do not know one passage in the Bible where 
choice is connected with salvation. 

20. A general was leading his army to battle. His 
men asked what he would give them. " Hunger, 
cold, wounds, and death." They were silent for 
a time, then threw up their hands and said, "We 
will go." 

16: 2. Six men were turned out of Oxford for praying. 
Among them were the two Wesleys and Whit- 
field. 

8-11. The Hly Spirit in relation to tlie world. 
Convicting 

a. Of Christ crucified sin. 
f>. Of Christ glorified 
c. Of Christ to come Judgment. 

10. What is the meaning of "and ye see me no more"? 
Ans. When the high priest went into the Holiest 
of Holies, the people knew they were accepted 
by God when he returned. But Christ went 



JO UN. 143 

away. So He sent the Holy Spirit to assure us 

of our acceptance. 
Conscience convicts of 

Sin committed. 

Righteousness impossible. 

Judgment to come. 
The Holy Spirit convicts of - 

Sin committed. 

Righteousness imputed. 

Judgment past. 
The former is legal, the latter gospel. 

16 : 12. Much of the truth that the Bible contains is written 
in sympathetic ink, invisible until the time is 
ripe. 

17:15. The true conception of "separation" "I pray 
not that thou shouldest take them out of the 
world, but that thou shouldest keep them from 
the evil." 

18 : 10. Peter s rashness in smiting the man helped to iden 
tify him, and led to his denial of Christ. Vs. 
2(5, 27. 

38. Here is a curious anagram on Pilate s question, 

"What is truth?" In Latin this is " Quid cst 
veritas ? " The letters can be arranged so as to 
read, " Est vir, qui adest," meaning, "It is the 
man who is before you." 

39. Did Nicodemus remember that evening when he 

heard Christ say, < The Son of man must be 
lifted up"? 



144 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

20:17. "Touch me not." Was Christ thinking of the 
ritual (see Lev. 7 : 19)? 

28. Thomas was an honest doubter. He did not accept 
Christ s offer to feel the nail-prints. Faith is 
not to be obtained at 3*0 ur fingers ends. 

21 : 6. Jesus was the secret of their success. 

11. "Great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three." 
One evidence that John wrote this epistle. Who 
but a fisherman would have counted the fish, and 
told how big the3 were? 

15. The greatest example of faith we know is that of 
Jesus going away and not calling legions of an 
gels to spread the gospel, but leaving it to Peter 
and the others. 

At first the shepherds used to feed the sheep ; but 
when corruption crept in, the sheep had to feed 
the shepherds. 

An old writer said that in the early days the 
Church had wooden chalices and golden bishops, 
but now we have wooden bishops and golden 
chalices. 

ACTS. 

The acts of the Holy Spirit. 

1: 4. "Wait for the promise of the Father." Tarry at 
a promise till God meets 3 ou there. He always 
returns 1>3 the wa3 of His promises. 

The promises of God are the moulds into which we 
pour our prayers. 



ACTS. 145 

1:11. "In like manner." Hence we may expect that 
Jesus will come 
(1.) Personally. 
(2.) Visibly. 
(3.) In the clouds. 

2 : 1. Pentecost was the birthday of the Holy Spirit whose 
dispensation will close at Christ s second coming. 
The Holy Spirit was present before, but not in 
carnate in the Church, just as Christ was ever 
present, but not incarnate. 

3. "Fire." Fill the cup with incense, and load the 
altar with odorous wood, but fire is still needed 
to send out fragrance. So the preacher s talent, 
genius, and other gifts need fire from above, 
before they can achieve results. 

8. When God set forth his fiery law (Deut. 33 : 2), He 
proclaimed it in one tongue; but the story of 
grace was told in the language of every nation 
under heaven. 

21. "Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord 
shall be saved." It is remarkable that though 
more than a million Jews perished during the 
siege of Jerusalem, no Christians perished; for 
they withdrew to Pella, on the approach of the 
Roman army. 

23. The Jews nailed Jesus on the cross and so sent Him 
to heaven, and now they go about the streets 
selling old clothes. 
10 



146 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

2 : 37. Threefold result of being filled with the Spirit: 

Pricked in their heart. Acts 2 : 37. 

Cut to the heart. 7 : 54. 

Turned the world upside down. 17 : 6. 

41. The first time the law was preached three thousand 
were killed. Ex. 32 : 28. The first time grace 
was preached three thousand were saved. 

47. " Added to the Church." See Acts 5 : 14; 11 : 24. 
"Added to the Lord," because the Church is the 
body of Christ.- 

3 : 2. Almost all the alms of the world are administered 

at the gates of the temple, by them that go up 
to the temple at the hour of prayer. 

21. " The times of restitution of all things." 
The earth restored to man by re-genesis. 
The body " " the soul by resurrection. 
The soul " " God by regeneration. 

4 : The Name of Jesus : 

V. 7. By what name have ye done this? 

V. 10. By the name of Jesus Christ. 

V. 12. " There is none other name under heaven 

given among men, whereby we must be 

saved." 

31. Hugh Latimer was ordered by Henry VIII to apolo 
gize for a too plain sermon he preached. But 
he was sent by a higher King and repeated the 
sermon. 



ACTS. 147 

5 : 31. As a Prince, Jesus gives repentance ; 

As a Saviour, He gives remission of sins. 

6 : 5. Six good things about Stephen: 

(1.) Full of faith. V. 5. 

(2.) " the Holy Ghost. V. 5. 

(3.) " " power. V. 8. 

(4.) Full of irresistible wisdom and energy. 

V. 10. 

(5.) Full of sunshine. V. 15. 
(6.) An intrepid witness for God. Chap. 7. 

15. Three men in the Bible whose faces shone: Moses, 
Jesus, and Stephen. 

Dr. Bonar once said : Did you ever notice, Brother 
Whittle, that when the Jews accused Stephen of 
blasphemous words against Moses (v. 11), the 
Lord lit up his face with the same glory with 
which Moses s face shone?" 

7 : 2. Stephen only preached this one sermon that we 
know of, but out of his death came Paul, the 
greatest preacher since Christ. 

23-36. Eighty years of training for forty years of service. 
50. There are few death-bed scenes in the Bible. 

7 : 60. ") Augustine says the Church owes Paul to the pray- 
8:1) era of Stephen. 

27. The story of a man who was wrong and knew it; 
who was set right; and gave evidence of being 
right (vs. 36, 39, rejoicing). 



148 yOTEf! FROM MY BIBLE. 

9 : 3. Four recorded visions to Paul: 

(1.) For bis conversion. Acts 9:3, 4. 
(2.) For his work. Acts 16 : 9. 
(3.) For his strengthening. Acts 18 : 9. 
(4.) For his preservation. Acts 27 : 23, 24. 

11 : 1. Israel is God s first-born, but the (lentiles are his 
second-born. 

26. "Called Christians." Not in derision, but by 
God s providence. The Church is Christ s body, 
and the body of a man goes by the same name 
as the head. Col. 1 : 18, 24. 

A dead church is like a dwarf with fine, large head 
but crippled body. 

15 : 11. Saved by grace. Acts 15 : 11. 
Stand in grace. Rom. 5 : 2. 
Grow in grace. 2 Peter 3 : 18. 

18: 9. Dr. Bonar used to say that the "man of Mace 
donia " turned out to be a woman ; see v. 15. 

Suppose Paul and Silas had been ordered east in 
stead of west, these lands of ours would have 
been what India and Africa now are, and mis 
sionaries from there would be bringing us the 
goapel. 

13. Paul was not a man who was a devout worshiper in 
Jerusalem, but who, when he came to Philippi, 
spent his Sabbaths as the Philippians did. Out 
of Paul s steady-going habits came this story of 
grace and salvation. 



ACTS. 149 

16 : 14. Attention, humanly speaking, is the avenue by. 
which the Lord Jesus enters into the soul. If 
you had listened with attention and intention 
for five minutes to the poorest preacher you ever 
heard, you would have been converted. 

15. First the heart, then the home. "If ye have 
judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into 
my house, and abide there." 

31. Believing on Jesus or in Jesus is a great deal more 
than believing about Jesus. 

17 : 22. Paul s sermon on Mars Hill : 

God is Creator, Ruler (v. 24) ; independent (v. 
25) ; approachable (v. 27) ; immanent (v. 28). 
True worship (v. 25). 
God s bounties to man (v. 25). 
Gracious privilege or command (v. 27). 
Wrong views of God (v. 29). 
Repentance commanded (v. 30). 
Universality of sin (v. 30). 
Day of judgment (v. 31). 

Idolatry is falsely directed worship, yet it bears 
witness to the ineradicable needs of humanity. 

28. " For we are also His offspring." A poet s senti 
ment a preacher s theme. 

Men talk of "universal brotherhood and reject 
the God and Father of us all. 

30. The more a man is troubled about sin now, the less 
he will be troubled by sin hereafter. 



150 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

17 : 31. The world is redeemed by believing on the Sou of 
man. and hereafter the world will be judged by 
the Son of man. 

A sad conclusion : 
Some mocked, v. 32 ; 
some procrastinated, v. 32 ; 
but some believed, v. 34. 

18 : 9. The Lord sees and knows you, especially if you are 

weak and fainting. 

19 : 18, 19. Fruits of the revival : Many that believed came 

and confessed and showed their deeds. Man} of 
them also which used curious arts brought their 
books together and burned them l>efore all men." 

25. Demetrius cried up the goddess Diana, but it was 
her silver shrines, not her temple, he so much 
adored. 

20 : Tears of personal suffering. V. 19. 

" " pastoral solicitude. V. 31. 
" " friendly sympathy. V. 37. 

26: 18 God first forgives; then He gives. 

A perfect man has three eyes: 

1. The eye of sense. 

2. The eye of reason. 

3. The eye of faith. 

Ever} 7 animal has the first; every man has the sec 
ond and third; but only the regenerate man uses 
the third to see the things of God. 



ACTS. 151 

The gospel gives sight, light, liberty, pardon, 
heaven. 

The sinner is disinherited, but Christ restores him. 
26:28. "Almost." 

Almost hot is lukewarm. Rev. 3 : 16. 
Almost a child is a bastard. 
Almost sweet is unsavory. 

28 : 30. The Bible has little to say about the endings of its 
heroes, but much about their beginnings. Of. 
Moses, Paul, Peter. We know nothing of the 
end of Jeremiah, etc., etc. 

ROMANS. 

Paul was peculiarly fitted for a great work among 
the Gentiles: 

1. By birth, a Hebrew. 

2. By citizenship, a Roman. 

3. By culture, a Greek. 

Justified 

By His grace. Chap. 3 : 24. 
By faith. 3: 28; 5:1. 
By works. 4 : 2. 
By His blood. 5 : 9. 

1 : 16. It is God s word, not our comment on it, that saves 
souls. 

The glory of the gospel is that it comes to the un 
fit, to those who have thwarted and resisted 



152 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

God. The survival of the fittest does not 
, apply. 

Justification means that God declares a man just 
by judicial act. 

Righteousness means that God clothes him with 
His own righteousness which sanctifies as well as 
justifies. 

2 : 16. God judges the world by the same rule that He has 

given the world to act by Jesus Christ. 

3 : 15. A French proverb says, Evil comes on horseback 

and goes away on foot." 

20. The law does not create nor remove, but simply 
reveals, the evil in man s heart: just as a plumb- 
line. It does not alter or improve man s nature 
or impart power to meet its demands. 

The law can pursue a man to Calvary, but no 
further. 

5 : Peace for the past. V. 1. 

Grace for the present. V. 2. 

Glory for the future. V. 2. 

Much more being justified by his blood. V. 9. 

Much more being reconciled. V. 10. 

Much more the grace of God hath abounded. V. 15. 

Much more they . . . shall reign. V. 17. 

Much more grace did abound. V. 20. 



ROMANS. 153 

5: 3. "Glory in tribulation." G-L-O-R-Y spells glory, 
not "growl." 

6. We were without strength, v. 6; 
ungodly, v. 6; 
sinners, v. 8; 
enemies, v. 10. 

12. Man renews his faculties every seven years. We 
cannot account for death except by sin. 

Were it not for sin, death would never have had a 
beginning. Were it not for death, sin would 
never have an ending. 

Sin debases a man in this life,, and destroys him in 
the life to come. 

5 : 20. The law brings out sin ; Grace covers it. The law 

wounds ; the gospel heals. One is a quiver of 
arrows ; the other a cruise of oil. 

6 : Distinguish between 

a. Our position standing in God sight. 

b. Our condition experience in daily life. 
For a, look to the cross of Christ. 

For b, look to the Holy Spirit in you. 

Justification is the work of Christ. 
Sanctification is the work of the Holy Spirit. 

18. Such as have received Christ s bounty are unwilling 
to fight under Satan s banner. 

23. The wages of sin is death. " The works of sin are 
dishonorable, but its wages are mortal. 



154 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

7 : 5. The law proposes life as the end of obedience ; the 
gospel gives life as the only proper ground of 
obedience. 

The law demands strength from one who has none, 
and curses for failure. 

The gospel gives strength to one who has none, and 
blesses him for using it. 

There is no sin so little as not to kindle an eternal 
fire. Its first-born is death : its last la.>t-born is 
hell. 

11. " Sin deceived me. " Deceitful, else never delight 
ful. Deceitful as to the satisfaction to be found 
in it, the excuse to be made for it, and the prob 
ability of its punishment. 

7 : 18. " Flesh." Drop the " h," as they are apt to do in 

London, spell backward, and you have "self. 1 

21. We all carry around with us material that Satan 
can work upon. 

24. "Who shall deliver me from the body of this 
death ? " Certain criminals used to be punished 
at that time by binding a corpse fast to them. 

8 : This chapter begins with " no condemnation," and 

ends with " no separation." 

Spurgeon called these glorious doctrines of chapter 
8, " golden stepping-stones through the slough 
of despond. 



ROMANS. 155 



8 : 3. God has sent his Son in the image of us all that He 
might make all of us sons in the image of that 
One. 

9. You might as well try to hear without ears, or 
breathe without lungs, as try to live a Christian 
life without the Spirit of God in your heart. 

. The Indians refused to be baptized by the Span 
iards, because they treated them so cruelly. 
" For," said they, "he must be a cruel God who 
has such servants." 

17. Both beggar and heir. 

23. The child of God may " groan," but never "grum 
ble." He has uo more right to grumble than to 
swear. 

Holy Spirit for us. V. 26. 
God for us. V. 31. 
Christ for us. V. 34. 

29. "Called according to his purpose." My faith is 
the reflection of God s eternal purpose. We are 
expected when we come to Christ. 

38. Paul s persuasions : 

No separation from the love of God (here). 
Nothing unclean of itself. . . . Chap. 14:14. 
He is able to keep. ... 2 Tim. 1:12. 

10 : 9. Unbelief. Christ may dwell in the heart where un 
belief lurks, but not where it reigns. 



156 NOTES FROM JfY BIBLE. 

10 : 17. Faith is the sacrifice of the understanding to God : 
repentance is the sacrifice of the will. 

11 : 6. Works may be good crutches to go upon, but they 
are bad christs to lean upon. 

Works magnify man, grace magnifies God. We 
had better let works go, and build alone upon 
free grace. 

Good works may be our Jacob s staff to walk 
with on earth ; but they never can be our Jacob s 
ladder to climb up to heaven. 

17. Brands plucked from the fire (Zech. 3 : 2), 
become branches (Rom. 11 : 17), and 
bear much fruit (John 15:8). 

20. The Jews broken off, because of unbelief. 
The Gentiles grafted in, because of belief. 

12 : 3. Humility is to have a just estimate of one s self. 

10. In honor preferring one another. " Like the an 
cient Roman who said, " Thank God, Rome has 
better men than me, " when another was elected 
to fill his office. 

13. Man}- love at their tongue s end, but the godly love 
at their fingers end. 

13 : 9, 10. " Love is the fulfilling of the law." 

1. Love to God will admit no other gods. 

2. Love resents everything that debases its ob 

ject by representing it by an image. 



ROMANS. 157 

3. Love to God never will dishonor His name. 

4. Love to God will reverence His day. 

5. Love of parents makes one honor them. 

6. Hate, not love, is a murderer. 

7. Lust, not love, commits adultery. 

8. Love will give, but never steal. 

9. Love will not slander or lie. 
10. Love s eye is not covetous. 

14 : 21. The wicked stumble at every straw in the way to 

heaven, but they climb over hills in the way to 
destruction. 

15 : 24. " Somewhat filled. " Christ alone can fill. 

I CORINTHIANS. 

1 : 26. Not many wise men after the flesh, not many 
mighty, not many noble, are called." Yet the 
Lord always has some wise, some mighty, some 
noble, among his disciples. Joseph of Arima- 
thea was not called to be a fisherman. 

Luther once said of a pious queen of Denmark, 
"Christ will sometimes carry a queen to 
heaven. " 

Rich men are choice dishes at God s table. 

When the tutor of King James I. lay dying, his 
Majesty sent to enquire about him. " Tell my 
Sovereign," said the tutor, "that I am going 
where few kings go." 



IT,- NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

1 : 27, 28. God s five workers: - 

1. Foolish things. 

2. Weak things. 

3. Base things. 

4. Things which nre despised. 

5. Things which are not. 

2 : 1-4. It is our duty to declare God s truth. It is the 
Spirit s office to demonstrate it. 

Effort is ours. Effect is his. 

9, 10. The things revealed by the Spirit have not been 
perceived by the eye, received by the ear, or 
conceived by the heart of man. 

11-13. The Spirit knows the things of God, makes us 
know God s gifts to us, and teaches us to speak 
of them to others. 

14. All God s ways are foolishness to the worldly. But 
as old men say of the young, " They think us 
fools; we know them to be fools." 

3: 1. "Babes." 

(1.) Wheeled around by others by every doc 
trine. 

(2.) Fed on milk, which has passed through the 
digestion of another others opinions. 

(3.) Not filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. 

6. Religion is a plant that will die unless it is watered. 
Ungodliness is a weed which grows without plant 
ing, and which will not die without being 
plucked up. 



I CORINTHIANS. 159 



3 : 8. God rewards according to the work done, not ac 
cording to the harvest. 

16. The Spirit of God is ejected to make room for other 
tenants whenever we fall into sin. 

6: 19. George Miiller once said, "I cannot take care of 
my soul, God can keep that; but my body is for 
me to take care of." 

A professor at Lafayette College, at the funeral of 
his son, said to the young men who bore the 
coffin, "Tread lightly, for you are bearing a 
temple of the Holy Ghost." 

20. A girl told Luther that she had sold herself to the 
devil. He said she could not do so, for she was 
not her own. 

8 : 13. Better deny yourself of anything than make your 

brother to offend. 

9 : 16. Some preach all doctrine, for the head: that makes 

an imperfect man. 
Some preach all experience, for the heart: that 

makes an imperfect man. 
Some preach all works, for the hands: that makes 

an imperfect man. 
Preach doctrine, experience, and works, and you 

get a perfect man. 

22. Use bait that the fish like. 

24. So run, that ye may obtain. " The high prize of 
heavenly bliss is at the end of the gospel race. 



160 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

A crown for the runner; a curse for the runaway. 

10 : 12. Not only the young go astray; e. g., Abram, Noah, 
Lot, David, Peter, etc. 

13. To be tempted is not to sin. The strongest attacks 
are made on the strongest forts. 

31. It was once said of a humble Christian man, that 
his business was shoemaking. " He happened to 
be present, and said, Excuse me, my business 
is to glorify God. I earn my bread by making 
shoes. " 

12: 4. " Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same 
Spirit." Union, not uniformity, among Chris 
tians. 

13 : 2. Knowledge puffeth up. Love alone buildeth up. 

4. Beware of envy. Cain s envy hatched Abel s 
murder. 

13 : 13. Faith ends in sight. 

Hope ends in presence. 
Charity love never ends. 
Faith gets the most. 
Humility keeps the most. 
Love works the most. 

14 : 9. H. L. Hastings was at a meeting and was called on 

to speak. He just said he had nothing to say. 
Some one else spoke, and souls were saved at that 
meeting. 

15 : 9. Paul s experience : 

A. D. 59, "Least of the apostles." Horn. 15:9. 



I CORINTHIANS. 161 



A. D. 64, "Less than the least of all saints." 

Eph. 3 : 8. 
A. D. 65, "Chief of sinners." 1 Tim. 1 : 15. 

15 : 22. The first Adam was for self-advancement ; the sec 
ond Adam for self-abasement. The former was 
for deifying self ; the latter, for crucifying flesh. 

47. There are only two men in God s sight : one in 
Eden, the other on Golgotha. 

53. "Corruptible," referring to those who are dead 

at Christ s coming. "Mortal," referring to those 
who are then alive. 

54. Death is but a physical, incident in an immortal 

career. It is a covenant blessing to the child 
of God, for < He giveth His beloved sleep. " 

56. A believer may feel the stroke of death, but he shall 
never feel the sting of death. 

58. "Always abounding." Most Christians think it is 
enough to abound on Sundays. 

II CORINTHIANS. 

1:4. " Tribulatio " is a Roman threshing-instrument, 
used to separate the wheat from the chaff. 

10. Deliverance, past, present, and future. 

12. Conscience is the voice of the soul. The passions 

are the voice of the body. 

Conscience is an anchor. Terrible it is, but true, 
that like the anchor, conscience may be carried 
away. 
11 



162 . NOTES FROM Mr BIBLE. 

2 : 11. Gabriel gave Daniel " skill and understanding" in 
the time of his perplexity. Dan. 9 : 22. 

3: 3. We cannot all be "apostles," but we ought to be 
"epistles" love-letters from Jesus to the 
world. 
"Illuminated Texts." 

16. Faith precedes enlightenment. 

4 : 17. Afflictions are but the shadows of God s wings. 

The darker the night, the brighter the stars. The 
hotter the fire, the purer the gold. 

5 : V. 1. A new bod} , resulting in 

Sanctification, v. 2 ; 

Separation, v. 8 ; 

Service, v. 9 ; 

Suffering, v. 4 ; 

Surrender, v. 4. 
V. 7. A new walk. 
V. 15. A now life. 
V. 17. A new nature. 
V. 18. A new attitude. 
V. 21. A new standing. 

2. Homesick for heaven. We groan, earnestly de 
siring to be clothed upon with our house which is 
from heaven. " 

8. When an old martyr laid his head on the block, one 
said to him, < Shut thine eyes a little and thou 
shalt see God. " 

10. As you live, you 11 die ; and as you die, you 11 live 
forever. 



II CORINTHIANS. 163 

5 : 14. If the love of God sets us to work, the God of love 

will find us the wages. 

20. "Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ." An 

ambassador 

(1) Is always sent to a foreign land, 

(2) With which we are at peace. 

(3) He has to go to that country, and not let 

them come to him. 

(4) They judge of his country by his example. 

(5) He has a message. 

21. " He made him to be sin who knew no sin" made 

to be < , not a sinner. 

6 : 4-10. Sevenfold passive suffering. 

Sevenfold active self-denial. 
Sevenfold means of enduring labor. 
Sevenfold result. 

10. Outward trouble inward joy. 

The backslider in heart, even amid outward joy, 

has inward sorrow. Prov. 14 : 13, 14. 
Paul s testimony before the Church. 

7:10. "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salva 
tion not to be repented of; but the sorrow of the 
world worketh death." 

Godly sorrow (i. e. , after the mind of God), is God- 
ward and God-wrought. 

Sorrow of the world is like Balaam s, when he said, 
" I have sinned," yet continued to sin. 

9: 7. "God loveth a cheerful giver." "lean give so 
much without feeling it." Is that right? 



164 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

10 : 10. Love will stammer rather than be dumb 

11 :*14. Satan fashioneth himself into 

An angel of light. 2 Tor. 11 : 14. 
A roaring lion. 1 Peter 5 : 8. 
A beguiling serpent. Gen. 3 : 3. 

12 : 7. God many times places a thorn in the flesh to prick 

the bladder of pride. 

There is no gathering a rose without a thorn, until 
we get to Beulah land. 

9. Tn the divine partnership we contribute weakness. 
"With a loving acceptance of God s will comes 
peace. 

13 : 5. Contemplation is a perspective-glass to see our 
Saviour in. Examination is a looking-glass to 
see ourselves by. 

GALATIANS. 

Five aspects of Crucifixion in Galatians: 
T crucified in Christ, Chap. 2 : 20. 
Christ crucified for me. 3:1. 
The flesh crucified in me. 5 : 24. 
The world crucified unto me. 6:14. 
I crucified unto the world. 6 : 14. 

1 : 16. Some one asked Roland Hill what he thought would 
become of the heathen. He said, " If I don t 
see some of them in heaven, I 11 see the reason 
for it." 

2 : 19. I, through the law s operations on Christ, am dead 
to the law s condemnation 



GALATIANS. 165 



2 : 20. "I was crucified, " in Jesus on the cross. 

There are two centers of being the self-life, 
and the Christ-life. 

3 : 13 . Christ on the cross delivers from the penalty of 

sin. 

Christ at God s right hand delivers from the power 
of sin. 

Christ coming in the clouds delivers from the pres 
ence of sin. 

4 : 16. Truth is not always relished where sin is nourished 

18. Many a man can dance till six o clock in the morn 
ing, but few Christians pray or preach so long. 

5 : 11. The cross of Christ is an " offence ": 

1. To morality; because works cannot justify. 

2. To philosophy; because it appeals to faith, 

not reason. 

3. To culture; because its truth is revealed to 

babes. 

4. To caste; because God chooses the poor and 

humble. 

5. To the will; because it calls for unconditional 

surrender. 

V. 16. Walk in the Spirit. 
V. 18. Be led of the Spirit. 
V. 25. Live in the Spirit. 

22. Three houses: No. 1, Love; No. 2, Joy; No. 3, 

Peace. 

Three sisters that meet us at the threshold of G<H s 
kingdom: Love, Joy, Peace. 



166 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

The fruits of the Spirit in terms of love : 
Joy is love exulting. 
Peace is love reposing. 
Longsuffering is love untiring. 
Gentleness is love enduring. 
Goodness is love in action. 
Faith is love on the battlefield. 
Meekness is love under discipline. 
Temperance is love in training. 

6 : 1. While we seek fo heal a wound in our brother s 
actions, we should be careful not to leave a scar 
upon his person. 

2. Miss Fidelia Fiske tells us that she was seated on a 
warm Sabbath afternoon on the earthen door of 
her mission chapel, feeling quite exhausted. A 
Syrian woman came and sat behind her and said, 
" If you love me, lean hard." 
A true Christian grows stronger by his loads. 

7. The flower of life is planted by God. Shall it be 
plucked by the devil ? 

10. There is an inscription in Shrewsbury : 

" For our Lord Jesus Christ s sake, 
Do nil the good you can, 
To all the people you can, 
By all the means you can, 
In all the places you can, 
As long as ever you can." 

" Lost ! Somewhere between sunrise and sunset : 
Two golden hours, each set off with sixty dia- 



GALA TIAN8. 1 67 



mond minutes. No reward offered, for they are 
lost forever." 

Opportunity : 

(1.) Swift in motion. 

(2.) Never returns. 

(3.) Must be improved while it is passing. 

EPHESIANS. 

Seven " walks " of Ephesians : 

2. Trespasses and sins wherein in time past 

ye walked. " 
10. "Good works ... we should walk in 

them. " 

1. " Walk worthy of the vocation wherewith 
ye are called." 



17. " Walk not as other Gentiles walk." 

2. " Walk in love." 

8. " Walk as children of light." 

15. " Walk circumspectly. " 



1 : 4. Do not stumble at the doctrine of election. Preach 
the gospel to all, and (as some one has said) if 
you convert any one who was not " chosen," God 
will forgive you. 

22. While Christ, my Head, is in heaven, I am all right 

on earth. 

The church is Christ s body. There is only one 
head ; hence don t speak about this body and 
that body of Christians. 



1 1 ; s NO TES FR OM MY BIBLE. 

2 : 2. Those who once walked according to the prince of 
, the power of the air are now built together into 

a habitation of God. V. 22. 

5. " Dead in sins " means dead in the senses by which 
we apprehend God. 

7. Riches of His goodness (on earth) in trees, corn, etc. 
Riches of His grace (from the cross). 

Riches of His glory (upon the throne) 

An old colored woman who was an earnest Chris 
tian, lay dying. Some one asked her why God 
would save an old sinner like her. She an 
swered, (i God is g win to p int the angels to me 
and tell em to see what the grace of God can 
do." 

8. God works alone in creation, redemption, regenera 

tion. 

The best way to get to heaven is to take the oar of 
faith in one hand, and the oar of works in the 
other, and pull ahead. 
10. "Created in Christ Jesus unto good works." 

a. The starting-point Created in Christ 

Jesus. " 
Cursed in the first birth, but blessed in the 

second. 

I. The path good works its general character 
istic. 

The creature and the path both "prepared" 
(see margin), by God, hence make no com 
plaint of your lot. 
c. The pace walk. 



EPHESIANS. 169 



Saved " through faith . . . unto good works. " 

V. 19. The household of God. 

V. 21. An holy temple in the Lord. 

V. 22. An habitation of God. 

3: 8. " The unsearchable riches of Christ." A Spanish 
ambassador once said to a French ambassador, 
"My master s treasure-house has no bottom," 
referring to the Mexican mines. 

4: 4. The seven-twisted cord of Christian unity: "One 
body one Spirit one hope one Lord 
one faith one baptism one God and Father 
of all." 

10. As the clouds carry rain, but not for themselves, 

so Christ carries grace for thee. 

11. "Some evangelists; and some pastors and teach 

ers." 

Dead men need evangelists. 
Living men need pastors and teachers. 
Evangelists quarrymen who dig out the stone. 
. Pastors stone squarers who take off the rough 

edges. 
Teachers masons who put them in place. 

26. The way to "be angry and sin not," is to be angry 

as Christ was, at nothing but sin. 

5 : 14. " Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the 
dead, and Christ shall give thee light." 
The sinner described. 
The sinner addressed. 
The sinner pointed to the Saviour. 



170 NOTES FROM MY LIHLE. 

5 : 18. " Be not drunk with wine, . . . but be tilled with 

the Spirit." 
Two commands, both equally b nding. 

6: 5-9. God has wedded labor and capital together; and 
what God has joined, let not demagogues tear 
asunder. 

11. An old Hussite leader said to his soldiers, when 

about to die: " My enemies are afraid of me. 

Take my skin and make a drum-head of it, and 

they will still be afraid of me." 
Bunyan remarks, The Christian has no armor for 

his back." 
"Able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 

6:11. 

" Able to withstand in the evil day." 6 : 13. 
" Able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked." 

6 :16. 
18. Prayer must always be the fore-horse of the team. 

Do whatever is wise, but not till thou hast 

prayed. Send for the physician if thou art sick, 

but first pray. Begin, continue, and end *very- 

thing with prayer. 

PHILIPPIANS. 

Trust in the Lord. Chap. 2:19, 24. 
Rejoice in the Lord. 3:1; 4:4, 10. 
Stand fast in the Lord. 4:1. 
u The gospel " in Philippians: 

Fellowship in the gospel. 1 : 5. 

Furtherance of the gospel. 1 : 12. 



PHILIPPIAN8. 171 



Defence of the gospel. 1:17. 
Faith in the gospel. 1 : 27. 
Service in the gospel. 2 : 22. 
Laboring in the gospel. 4 : 3. 

1 : 6. Mr. Spurgeon, leaning over the platform of a 
church where a work of grace was going on, 
heard a penitent below in great distress pray 
earnestly, Lord, make a good job of me ! 
Lord, make a good job of me! 

21. One of the old martyrs said to his persecutors as 
they were leading him to death : < You take a 
life from me that I cannot keep, and bestow a 
life upon me that I cannot lose." 

2:12. Paul tells Christians (" beloved "), to "workout" 
their salvation. Unless God has first worked it 
into you, you cannot work it out. 

14. When a horse begins to kick, he stops pulling. 

Same way with church members. 

* 

Murmuring is quarreling with God. 
Disputing is quarreling with men. 
A murmur means, " I could have managed this 
thing better than God." 

3 : 9. That garment of righteousness which was worn to 
shreds on Adam s back will never make a cover 
ing for mine. 

17. Cicero complained of Homer that he taught the 
gods to live like men. Grace teaches men to 
live like God. 



172 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

4 : 1. An old man had gone to California to see his sons 
who had become rich. On being asked to go to 
the theater, he said he had traveled far, but not 
far enough to forget his principles. 

6. Our great matters are little to His uower : our little 

matters are great to His love. 
Be careful for nothing. 
Be prayerful for everything. 
Be thankful for anything. 
Let your riches consist, not in the largeness of 

your possessions, but in the fewness of your 

wants. 

12. It is difficult to walk in the clear day of prosperity 
without wandering, or in the dark day of advers 
ity without stumbling. 

COLOSSIANS. 

1 : 5. There is a " heavenly hope " laid up for the young 
est believer, but the "crown of life" is for 
those who .stand fast to the end (James 1 : 12). 

3:12. "Put on, therefore, as the elect of God, . . . 
bowels of mercies." He that has put off the 
bowels of compassion, has put off the badge of 
election. 

I THESSALONIANS. 

In the first and second epistle to the Thessalonians 
there are twenty distinct references to the second 
coming of Christ. 



/ THESSALONIAN8. 173 

At His first coming, Christ was a babe, a servant 
foretold by John the Baptist. Fishermen were 
His apostles. He was a mediator, a man, Christ; 
yet He was spit upon and crucified. 

At his second coming, King of kings, heralded by 
the trump of archangels. Angels and archangels 
will be His servants and attendants; Judge, Lord 
of all. 

3. Three things: 
Work of faith. 
Labor of love. 
Patience of hope. 

6. Followers. 

7. Ensamples. 

8. Echoes. 

10. A coming Saviour, or a coming wrath. Which? 
If we love the seed of Abraham, if we love the 
burdened brute creation, if we love the heathen 
Gentile nations who know nothing of a Saviour, 
we shall joyfully welcome the hope of Christ s 
coming. For it is the hope that shall bring to 
the Jew his Messiah; to the creature his emanci 
pation from man s dominion; to mute nature her 
freedom from thorns and thistles; to the heathen 
idolater a knowledge of God; to the waiting 
Bride the personal presence of the Bridegroom; 
to Jesus his kingdom and throne. 



174 NOTES FROM \TY BIBLE. 

5:23. - Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost." 
1 Cor. G : 19. 

The "outer court" is the body. 
The holy place is the soul. 
The holy of holies " is the spirit. 
In unregenerate man the holy of holies is dark 
and untenanted. Man becomes sanctified when 
the Holy Spirit fills his spirit, and working 
through the soul, holds the body in obedience. 

II THESSALONIANS. 

3 : 10. An old Jewish proverb says: " He who brings up a 
child to no trade, brings up a child for the devil." 

I TIMOTHY. 

Luther s advice to a young preacher: 

Stand up cheerfully. 

Speak out manfully. 

Leave off speedily. 
Seeker s plan of constructing a sermon : 

First, explanation of that which is doctrinal. 

Second, application of that which is practical. 
The former is like cutting a garment out; the latter 

is like putting the garment on. 

6 : 5. R. V., "Supposing that godliness is a way of 

gain. " 

6. He is not a poor man that hath but little, but he is 
a poor man that wants much. 

9. Not riches, but the desire to be rich, 1 
10. Not money, but the love of money, > censured. 
17. Not riches, but trust in riches, J 



/ TIMOTHY. 175 



6 : 10. Money speculations cause some j , from 

20, 21. Scientific speculations cause others j 

15. King of kings that is King of Christians; be 
cause he hath made us kings and priests unto 
God and his Father." 



II TIMOTHY. 

Hold fast the form of sound words. Chap. 1 : 13. 

Strive not about words. 2 : 14. 

Rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 : 15. 

Titles applied to Christians, in chapter 2: 

1. Son. V. 1. 

2. Faithful men, etc. V. 2. 

3. Soldier. V. 3. 

4. Wrestler. V. 5. 

5. Husbandman, partaker of the fruits. V. 6. 

6. Elect. V. 10. 

7. Workman. V. 15. 

8. Vessel. V. 21. 

9. Servant of the Lord. V. 24. 

All of these are alive, except the vessel. " 

1. This chapter begins with sonship (v. 1), and ends 
with service (vs. 24-26). There must be life 
before there can be work. 

15. "Rightly dividing the word of truth." The term 
is sacrificial, and refers to the orderly manner 
in which the sacrifices were to be cut up. See 
Lev. 1. 



176 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

2: 19. If iniquity be evil, why is it so much practised? 
If good, why so little professed? 

21. The Master will only employ clean vessels to con 
vey the water of life to thirsty souls. 

3 : 15. Scripture knowledge is the candle without which 
faith cannot see to do its work. 

4: 2. "Preach the Word." What word? When?- 
How? Why? 

6. Present "The time of my departure is at hand." 

7. Past " I have fought a good fight." 

8. Future Henceforth there is laid up for me a 

crown of righteousness." 

7. A child cried because the eggs were all broken 
when the chickens were hatched. But they had 
accomplished their work. 

10. God s fence is too low to keep a graceless heart in 
bounds when the game is before him. Jude 11. 

TITUS. 

Threefold manifestation: 

His word. Chap. 1 : \\. 

His grace. 2:11. 

His glory. 2 : 13. 
Sound doctrine. Chap. 1 : 9; 2:1. 
Sound in faith. 1 : 13; 2:2. 
Sound speech. 2 : 8. 

Chap. 1:16. " Unto every good work reprobate. 
2:7. "A pattern of good works." 



TITUS. 177 

Chap. 2 : 14. " Zealous of good works." 
3:1,5. " Ready to every good work." 
3:8. " Careful to maintain good works." 
3 : 14. " Learn to maintain good works." 

2 : 11. Grace hath appeared. ~\ 

13. Glory shall appear. j 

In fifty-three places where hope is referred to in 
the Bible, it relates to Christ s second coming. 

3 : 2. A child once said to his mother, You never speak 

ill of any one. I think you would have some 
thing good to say of the devil. " Well, " she 
said, " imitate his perseverance. " 

HEBREWS. 
In Hebrews 

Sin is met by Atonement. Chap. 1 : 3. 
Guilt is met by justification. 2 : 9. 
Defilement is met by sanctification. 2:11. 
Alienation is met by reconciliation. 2 : 17. 
Temptation is met by succor. 2 : 18. 
Christ communicates eternity of existence to every 
thing he touches: 

His throne is forever and ever. Heb. 1 : 8. 
His salvation is eternal. 5 : 9. 
His priesthood is unchangeable. 7 : 24. 
His redemption is eternal. 9 : 12. 
His inheritance is eternal. 9 : 15. 
His kingdom cannot be moved. 12 : 28. 
His covenant is everlasting. 13 : 20. 
He is Himself the same, yesterday, to-day, and 
forever. 13 : 8. 
12 



NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 



" Better things " in Hebrews: 
Better hope. Chap. 7 : 19. 
Better Testament. 7 : 22. 
Better covenant. 8 : 6. 
Better promises. 8 : 6. 
Better sacrifices. 9 : 23. 
Better substance. 10 : 34. 
Better resurrection. 11 : 35. 
Better country. 11 : 16. 
Better things. 12 : 24. 

1. Note the margin, " leaky vessels. " How can you 
keep a leaky vessel full? Keep it under a flow 
ing fountain. 

3. One of the unanswered questions How shall we 
escape, if we neglect so great salvation? " 

7. The to-morrow of eternity is decided by the to-day, 

when we hear His voice. 
If God s to-day be too soon for thy repentance, thy 

to-morrow ma} lie too late for God s acceptance. 
Mercy s clock does not always strike at our beck. 

3. The Rest of belief. 

4. The Rest of creation. 

9. The Rest that remaineth to the people of God. 
11. The Rest of the soul. 

16. When you send letters to a foreign country*, you 
send them via such and such a steamer or city. 
When you send good wishes to a friend, send 
them via the throne of grace. 



HEBREWS. 179 



6 : 4. The apostate does not lose the grace he had, but 
discovers he never had any. 

12. God makes a promise. 
Faith believes it. 
Hope anticipates it. 
Patience quietly awaits it. 

19. Hope is a good anchor, but it needs something to 
grip. Anchor to the throne and then shorten 
the rope. 

9 : 22. Essential conditions : 

Without shedding of blood, no remission. Chap. 

9:22. 
Without faith, impossible to please God. Chap. 

11:6. 

Without holiness, no seeing God. Chap. 12:14. 
24. Three appearances of Jesus : 

Present l Now to appear in the presence of 

God for us." 

Past "He hath appeared to put away sin." 
Future Unto them that look for him he 

shall appear the second time." 

10 : 19. Under the law, it was death to go behind the veil; 
under grace, it is death not to do so. 

22. Truth in heart. Heb. 10:22. 
Truth in word. Zech. 8: 16. 
Truth in deed. 2 Kings 20: 3. 

32. Inward light, then outward fight. 



180 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

10:37. Dean Alfonl translates this verse: "Yet a very 
little while, and the Coming One will come, and 
will not tarry. 

11: 1. Faith the golden link binding us to every prom 
ise of God. There are three things necessary 
to it:- 

Knowledge. 
Assent. 

Consent, or laying hold. 
Abel witnesses to the atoning blood. V. 4. 
Enoch witnesses to fellowship with God. V. 5 
Noah witnesses to redemption. V. 7. 
Abram witnesses to separation. V. 8. 
8. Abraham did not know whither he went; but ne 

knew irfth whom he went. 

13. Build your nest upon no tree here, for God hath 
sold the forest to death, and every tree whereon 
we would rest is ready to be cut down, to the 
end that we may fly and mount up and build 
upon the Rock. 
Flying birds are never taken in a fowler s snare. 

25. The cream of earth s pleasures floats on the top. 
He who is not content to skim it, but thinks by 
deeper draughts to attain more, fares worse. 
The world always presents a deadly potion in the 

gilded cup of worldly pleasure. 
The pleasures of si a are but for a season, but the 

punishment of unpardoned sin is everlasting. 
38. Believers are worthies of whom the world is not 
worthy. 



HEBREWS. 181 



12 : 1. Let us " lay aside every weight. 
Secular Work 
Worldly Enjoyments 
Self-Indulgence 

Greed 
False Humility 

Trifling. 
2. The highest point in Hebrews " Looking unto 

Jesus." 

It is but little joy that can enter us here, because 
of our narrow capacity : but in heaven we shall 
enter into joy as vessels put into a sea of happi 
ness. 

6. Affliction from God exposeth to impatience. | 
Affliction for God exposeth to pride. ) 

The more a stone is wounded by the hand of the 

engraver, the greater beauty is produced. 
14. Holiness is that which the sinner scorns and the 

Saviour crowns. 

17. " No place of repentance," i. e. , to undo the past 
is irrevocable, but not irreparable. 

JAMES. 

James is the apostle of action. 
1 : 2. Temptations that find us dwelling in God are to our 

faith like winds that more firmly root the tree. 
5. We may receive light either 

a. As here, by asking God for wisdom; 
I. By being secretly persuaded as Artaxerxes 
was by Nehemiah; or 



182 NOTES FROM Mr BIBLE. 

c. By outward circumstances, as when Saul was 
led to Samuel by means of straying asses. 

1 : 15. A tame leopard drew blood from its master s hand 
while licking it. It s old nature revived and it 
had to be shot. 

Sin is like a river, which begins in a quiet spring 
and ends in a stormy sea. 

17. "No variableness." God s character does not 
change. A father punishes his child, if dis 
obedient, but does not stop loving. Society 
punishes crime, because it does not change, and 
crime is contrary to its character. 
God remains unchangeable in his character and 
attitude toward sin; but when man changes, 
their relative attitude is changed. God changes 
in his dealings with a changed man. 

2 : 5. The i>oor man may be rich in faith. The rich 
should be rich in good works. 

10. We divide up gin into sins and miss the gravity. 
God gave one law, consisting of ten command 
ments. 

The golden chain of obedience is broken if one 
link is missing. If you are hanging over a 
precipice by a chain and one link goes, you are 
lost. 

17. Faith without works God never regards. ) 
Works without faith God never rewards, j 
Some one said to Spurgeon: " I hear you are op 
posed to works. " "No, "he said, "I am not, 



JAMES. 183 

nor to chimney pots; but I would not put them 

at the foundation." 

Faith justifies us in the sight of God. j 
Works justify us in the sight of men. ) 
Faith without works is like a man putting all his 

money into the foundation of his house. Works 

without faith is like a man building without any 

foundation. 
A working faith is more than faith in works. 

2 : 26. Idle grace soon becomes active corruption. 

3 : 2. His heart cannot be pure whose tongue is not clean. 

4 : 6. Give me the homely vessel of humility which God 

shall preserve and fill with the wine of his grace, 
rather than the varnished cup of pride which he 
will dash in pieces like a potter s vessel. 

10. Self-humiliation must be real (Ps. 78: 36, 37), and 
should be secret. Matt. 6: 17, 18. 

"Humble we must be, if to heaven we go: 
High is the roof there, but the gate is low." 

17. The sins of ignorance are most numerous: but the 
sins of knowledge are most dangerous. 

5 : 16. Fervency in prayer by the power of the Holy Spiril 

is a good preservative against thoughts rushing 
in. Flies never settle on a boiling pot. 

T PETER. 

Peter s " precious " things: 

1 Pet. 1:7. Trial of faith much more precious. 



184 NOTES FROM MY KIRLE. 

\ Pet. 1:19. The precious blood of Christ. 

2:4, 6. The living stone, precious. 

2: 7. He (Christ) is precious. 
2 Pet. 1:1. Precious faith. 

1:4. Precious promises. 

Peter speaks of "suffering, " seventeen times in 
this epistle. 

1 : 19. The precious blood of Christ. 
Why precious ? 

1. Because it redeems us. 1 Pet. 1:19. 

2. Because it brings us nigh. Eph. 2: 13. 

3. Because it blots out our sins. Rev. 1 : 5. 

4. Because it brings peace. Col. 1 : 20. 

5. Because it justifies. Rom. 5:9. 

6. Because it cleanses from all sin. 1 John 1 : 7. 

7. Because it gives boldness in the day of judg 
ment. 

Christ left nothing l)ehind on earth but his blood. 

2 : 5. Accepted sen-ice. 

20. Accepted suffering. 

21. Plato said, "When men speak evil of you, live so 

that no man will believe it." But he did not 
tell how to do so. 

24. The Christian s death is when he dies to sin. 
No second death. 

3 : 15. A Christian worker once said to a man, " God does 

not want your learning." " No," said the other, 
"nor your ignorance either." 



I PETER. 185 

4 : 14. If the world has nothing to say against you, Christ 
will have little to say for you. 

II PETER. 

1 : 4. In regeneration, the corruption is escaped. 

In reformation, only the pollution is escaped. 

6. Temperance is the virtue of prosperity. 
Temperance moderation is the silken string 

running through the pearl chain of all the 
virtues. 

19. The Bible does not say, as many seem to think, 
that prophecy is a dark place which we will do 
well to avoid, but rather that it is like a light 
shining in a dark place. 

3 : 18. Many Christians say, " If I can take a back-seat 
in heaven, I shall be satisfied." But is God sat 
isfied? 

" Grow in grace." The old age of grace is matur 
ity, not decay; advance, not decline; perfection, 
not imbecility. We go from strength to strength. 
Without grace, there can be no saving knowledge. 

I JOHN. 
1 : 1. Voice presence touch of Christ. 

7. Forgetfulness is not the cure for sin. Time can 

not heal our iniquity. Gen. 42: 21. 
You can find no means of touching your whole past 
life; but God can. "The blood of Jesus Christ 
his Son cleanseth us from all sin. " 



1 86 NO TES FROM MY BIBLE. 

1 : 9. Full confession brings conviction from an earthly 
judge, but secures pardon from God. \Yo are 
forgiven on account of God s justice, not merely 
mercy, because Jesus paid the price. 

Unconfessed sin in the soul is like a bullet in the 
body. 

It is better to be saved by divine mercy than sued 
by divine justice. 

2: 1. A saint is not free from sin that is his burden; 
but he is not free to sin that is hi.s blessing. 
Sin is in him, but his soul is not in sin. A field 
of wheat may be good, and yet have weeds 
in it. 

15. A true Christian loves not the world, yet he loves 

all the world. 

; The things that are in the world, " are like shadows 
in a pool. The higher the object, the lower the 
shadow. So things that are highest in this 
world s estimation are lowest in heaven (gold is 
valued highly here, but they pave the streets 
with it in heaven, Rev. 21:21); and the things 
that are lowest in this world s estimation are 
highest there (service is ignoble here, but in 
heaven they spend their time in service. Ilev. 
22:3). 

Study to fill your mind, rather than your coffers, 
knowing that gold and silver were originally 
mingled with dirt, until avarice or ambition 
parted them. 

16. Millions have died of the wound of the eye. 



/ JOHN. 187 

2 : 17. The world is like a floating island, and as sure as 
we anchor to it, we shall be carried away by it. 
"Know," in chapter 3 : 

V. 2. "We know that when He shall appear, we 

shall be like Him." 
V. 5. " Ye know that He was manifested to take 

away our sins. " 
V. 14. We know that we have passed from death 

unto life." 
V. 15. "Ye know that no murderer hath eternal 

life abiding in him. " 

V. 19. " We know that we are of the truth." 
V. 24. " We know that He abideth in us." 

3 : 3. Hope is too pure a plant to grow or flourish in an 
impure soul. 

4. "Sin is the transgression of the law. " Crossing the 
death-line : that is transgression. 

5 : 5. Unbroken fellowship means uninterrupted success. 

14. Promise prayer performance are three links 

in the chain of blessing. If the middle link is 
missing, we have no right to expect the third. 

15. It is a serious thing to pray ! We may be taken at 

our word. 

JUDE. 

24. " Perhaps he won t hold out. " Is that your rule of 
life? then you cannot rejoice at the birth of a 
babe, lest it die: nor at its first smile, for it may 
one day frown. 



188 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

REVELATION. 

2 : 3. Not he that takes the field, but he that keeps it, 
not he that sets out, but he that holds out, de 
serves the name of saint. 

3 : 17. Man s opinion of himself, and God s opinion of 

him : Thou sayest, I am rich and increased * 
with goods, and have need of nothing : and 
knowest not that thou art wretched, and mis- 
erable, and poor, and blind, and naked." 

A. I>. 64. Paul s conflict for Laodicea. Col. 2:1. 

A. D. 64. Epaphras s zeal for Laodicea. Col. 4:13. 

A. D. 96. Wretched and miserable Laodiceans. 
Rev. 3:17. 

20. "Behold I stand at the door and knock." The 

latch of the door is on the inside. 
Who are my guests? 

5 : 6. The only knowledge of sins in heaven will be by 
the evidences of God s provision for its pardon, 
and the sweet recollection of its forgiveness, by 
the redeemed. 

7 : 14. Washed white, not whitewashed. 

15. There is no weariness in heavenly service, but no 

rest in hell. Chap. 14: 11. 

14 : 1. The beast permitted some to have the mark bla 
zoned on the palms of their hands instead of the 
forehead (chap. 13: 16); but no one must be 
ashamed of God s mark. 

The man who l>ears a mark on his brow is the only 
man who does not see it 



REVELATION, 189 



16 : 13. The devil s trinity. 

20 : 10. The devil entered at the beginning of the Bible, 
and is now cast out. 

21 : We know four facts about the final re-genesis of 
the world, succeeding the millernium: 

1. The earth shall be baptized with fire. 2 Pet. 
3:7. 

2. No more sea. Rev. 21:2. 

3. The New Jerusalem shall descend to earth. 
Rev. 21:2, 10. 

4. Every vestige of sin shall be eliminated, 
and all conditions will be new. 

13. The New Jerusalem, "on the east three gates; on 
the north three gates; on the south three gates; 
and on the west three gates. " "In every denomi 
nation and church there are men who make one 
gate for themselves and then demand that all the 
world shall go through it." 

16. The New Jerusalem is square, and it takes square 
men to fill it. 

21. There is no place in heaven for the miser: he would 
want to pull up the golden pavement! 

22 . 1. The River of God is full of water; but thexe is not 
one drop of it that takes its rise in earthly 
springs. 

THE WATER OF LIFE. 

Its character : 

Living water. John 4: 10. 
Clear. Rev. 22:1. 



190 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

Pure. Rev. 22:1. 

Abundant. Eze. 47: 1-9. 

Free. Rev. 21:6. 
For whom provided : 

The thirsty. Rev. 21:6. 

Whosoever will. Rev. 22: 17. 
How to obtain it: 

Come. Rev. 22:17. 

Take. Rev. 22: 17. 
22: 17. "Come thou." The Bible closes tfith a personal, 

individual appeal. 
God says, "Come." Gen. 7:1. 
Jesus says, "Come." Matt. 11:28. 
The Spirit, the Church, he that heareth say, 

"Come." Rev. 21:17. 
The sinner says, Come, Lord. Ps. 70:5. 
The first "Come" brought salvation to Noah and 

bis family. 



MISCELLANEOUS. 



If we are quiet, we shall hear. Eccl. 9 : 7. 
If we hear, we shall be quiet. Prov. 1 : 33. 



TWO MISTAKES ABOUT JESUS. 

His parents thought He was present when he was absent. 

Luke 2 : 44. 
Mary thought He was absent when He was present. John 

20 :15. 



A friend of publicans and sinners. Luke 7 : 34. 

This man rcccivcth sinners and eateth with them. Luke 

15:2. . 
Gone to be a guest with a man that \& a sinner. Luke 19 :7; 

Rev. 3 : 20. 



MOUNTAIN SCENES IN SCRIPTURE. 

Gen. 22 : 2. As sinners we see substitution. 
Ex. 17: 10. As warriors we obtain victory. 
Ex. 24:1-9. As worshipers in the presence of God. 
1 Kings 18:42. As intercessors on behalf of others. 
Mark 9 : 2. As privileged friends we see God s glory. 
Rev. 21:10. As waiting ones we look by faith on things 
that are eternal. 



THE WILL OF GOD IN LIFE. 
Do you seek for an object in life? 

Heb: 10: 7. " I come to do thy will, God." 

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192 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

Do you seek for food in life? 
* John 4:34. " My meat is to do the will of Him that 

sent me. " 
Do you seek for society ? 

Mark 3:35. " Whosoever shall do the will of God, the 
same is my brother, and sister, and mother." (R. V.) 
Do you seek for education f 

Ps. 143: 10. Teach me to do thy will, for thou art my 

God." 
Do you seek for pleasure? 

Ps. 40: 8. "I delight to do thy will, O my God." 
Do you seek for a reward? 

1 John 2:17. "He that doeth the will of God abideth 

forever. " 
Do you seek to know the will of God? 

1 Thess. 4:3. " This is the will of God, even your sanc- 

tification. " 

1 Thess. 5:16-18. Rejoic-e alway ; pray without ceasing; 
in even-thing give thanks: for this is the will of God 
in Christ Jesus to you-ward. " (R. V.) 
Do you geek assurance? 

John 7:17. "If any man willeth to do His will, he 

shall know of the teaching." (R. V.) 
Do you seek for poicfr in prayer? 

1 John 5:14. " If we ask anything according to His 

will, He heareth us." (R. V.) 
Christianity in doctrine is union with Christ. 
" " experience is realization thereof. 

; practice is manifestation thereof. 
If doctrine only, it leads to antinomianism. 
If experience only, it leads to enthusiasm. 
If practice only, it leads to Pharisaism. 



MISCELLANEOUS. 193 



God revealed in nature. Gen. 1:1. 
in man. Gen. 1 : 26. 
in Christ. Col. 2: 9. 

in nature as Creator. 

in history as Providence. 

in humanity as Father. 

God loves us: as a mother. Isa. 66: 13. 

as a father. Ps. 103:13. 
as a brother. Prov. 17: 17 

as a friend. Prov. 18: 24. 



CHRIST THE PROPHET. 

Acts 3: 22. God raised Him up. 

Luke 4: 18. He was annoiuted. 

John 17:8. He spake the words of God. 

John 1:18. He revealed God. 

Luke 24: 19. He was called a prophet. 

Mark 13: 23. He foretold the future. 

Rev. 3: 14. He was a faithful witness. 



CHRIST THE KINO. 

Ps. 2:6. God called him King. 
John 19: 19. Pilate called him King. 
Rev. 3: 21. He is now on a throne. 
Rev. 19:16. He appears as King. 
Rev. 15:3. He is King of nations. 
Zech. 14:9. He is King over all the earth. 
Heb. 1 : 8. His scepter is a right scepter. 
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1 04 NO TES FR OX M Y BIBLE. 

WHAT THE WORD OK GOD DOES. 

1 Pet. 1 : 23. By it we are born again. 
1 Pet. 2:2. By it we grow. 
John 15: 3. By it we are cleansed. 
John 17: 17. By it we are sanctified. 
; s. 1 ID: 105. By it we get light. 
Kph. G: 17. By it we are defended. 
John 12:48. By it man is judged. 



SPIRITUAL CALCULATION. 

Acts 20: 24. "I count not my life dear unto me." 

Phil. 3:7. I count all things but loss and dung." 

Phil. 3: 13. -I count not to have apprehended." 

Rom. 8:18. I reckon that the sufferings of this present 

time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that 

shall be revealed " 

Rom. 6: 11. " Reckon yourselves dead unto sin." 
James 1:2. Count it all joy when ye fall into divers 

temptations." 

James 5:11. "We count them happy which endure." 
Acts 5:41. The disciples counted it joy that they were 

"worthy to suffer shame for His name." 



God met Adam in the garden, 

Enoch in his daily walk, 
Abram under the oak, 
Jacob at the brook, 
Moses at the bush, 
Joshua at Jericho. 



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Five crowns for believers : 

1. A crown of life, for endurance. James 1:12; Rev. 
2:10. 

2. A crown of righteousness, for the good fight of faith. 
2 Tim. 4:8. 

3. A crown of rejoicing, for winning souls. 1 Thess. 
2:19. 

4. A crown of glory, for those who edify the church, 
and for feeding souls. 1 Pet. 5 : 4. 

5. A crown of reward, for those who successfully run 
the race. 1 Cor. 9 : 25. 



DISTINGUISHING TRAITS. 

Obedient Romans. Rejoicing Philippians. 

Carnal Corinthians. Faithful Colossians. 

Legal Galatians. Loving Thessalonians. 

Heavenly-minded Ephesians. Dwarfed Hebrews. 



The Lord God may l>c knoivn, 

1. By the noise of his footsteps. 2 Sam. 15: 24. 

2. By the thunder which accompanies His approach. 
Ex. 9:23; Job 37: 4, 5; Ps. 29:3, 9. 

3. By the sound of his voice. Gen. 3 : 8. 



What God dors with the sins of his people. 
Remembers them no more. Jer. 31 : 34. 
Covers them. Ps. 32: 1. 

Removes them as far as the east is from the west. Ps. 
103:12. 



1 06 NO TEH FROM MY BIBLE. 

Casts them behind his back. Isa 38: 17. 
- Blots them out. Isa. 44: 22. 

Casts them into the depths of the sea. Micah 7: 19. 
Pardons them. Jer 33: 8. 
Seeks for and cannot find them. Jer. 50:20. 



A l:iiuli. Ex. . ) : 3 A Saviour. Luke 2:11. 

The lamb. " \\ : I The Saviour. John 4 : 12. 

Your Lamb. " 3:5 My Saviour. Luke 1 : 47. 



CHILDREN S QUESTIONS. 
Psalm 78: 3-8. 

Respecting the Passover. Ex. 12:26. Redemption and 
Deliverance. 

Respecting the feast of unleavened bread. Ex. 13:8. 
Separation from evil. 

Respecting the redemption of the firstborn. Ex. 13:14. 
Consecration. 

Respecting the law and testimonies. Pent. 6 : 20, 21. Obe 
dience. 

Respecting the stones taken out of Jordan. Joshua 4:6. 7. 
Resurrection life. 



CANDLES OP SCRIPTURE. 

1. The en mile <>f tin- law: Conscience. Prov. 20:27; Ps. 

18 : 28. 

2. The candle of grace : Love. Luke 15:8. 

3. The candle of Testimony : Life. Matt. 5:15. Shining 

for God s glory (verse 16) in the world. Phil. 2 : 15. 

4. The candle extinguish,,! : Death. Job 18:6; 21 : 17. 

5. The candle outshone : Glory. Rev. 22 : 5. 



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HIS SHED BLOOD. 

J ustified by His blood Rom. 5 : 9. 

Sanctified " " " Heb. 13 :12. 

Redeemed " " " Epb. 1 : 7. 

Forgiven " " Matt. 26:28. 

Purchased " " " Acts 20 : 28. 

Brought near " " " Eph. 2:13. 

Peace " " Col. 1 : 20. 

Cleansed " " " 1 John 1 : 7. 

Victory " " Rev. 12 : 11. 

Purged " " " Heb. 9:14. 



LAWS SET ASIDE. 

Natural law was set aside for Joshua when the sun and 

moon stood still. Josh. 10 : 12. 
Physical law was set aside for Hezekiah when his life was 

prolonged fifteen years in answer to prayer. Isa. 38 : 

1-6. 
Human law was set aside for Peter when he was released 

from the dungeon. Acts 12 : 6-9. 



YESTERDAY TO-DAY TO-MORROW. 

" Jesus Christ tlie same yesterday, and to-day, and forever." 

Heb. 18:8. 
For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because 

our days upon earth are a shadow. " Job. 8 : 9. 
To-day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your 

hearts. " Heb. 4:7. 
" But exhort one another daily, while it is called to-day; 

lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness 

of sin." Heb. 3 : 13. 



198 NOTES FROM 3/T BIBLE. 

"Boast not thyself of to-morrow ; for thou knowest not 
, what a clay may bring forth." Prov. 27 : 1. 

"Ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is 
your life ? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a 
little time, and then vanisheth away." James 4 : 14. 



God s first recorded utterance to man : " Thou shalt surely 

die." Gen. 2 :17. 
His last recorded utterance to man : " Surely I come 

quickly. " Rev. 22 : 20. 
Man s first recorded utterance to God : " I was afraid . . . 

I hid myself." Gen. 3 : 10. 
Man s last recorded utterance to God: "Even so, come, 

Lord Jesus." Rev. 22 : 20. 



One s knowledge of God may be, 

1. Speculative or theoretical; embracing one s views 

respecting His existence, perfections, and will, 
but without power over the heart. James 4:17. 

2. Saving ; controlling the heart and conduct. John 

17:3. 



He who denies God, subverts all religion, 
lie who denies Christ, subverts the gospel. 



JESUS CHRIST AS MEDIATOR. 

A mediator is one who comes in between two parties who 
are at variance, in order to reconcile them. 

1. Both parties must agree to accept him. God 
chose Christ from the foundation of the world. 1 Peter 
1 : 20, 21. Do you accept him ? 

2. He should be the equal of both parties. Christ is 
both God and man. 



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3. He should understand the case. Christ knows 
God s will and rights ; and also man s sins and wants. 

4. Both parties must agree to leave the case abso 
lutely in his hands. God has committed all power into 
the hands of Christ. Do you ? 

5. He should be desirous to bring the case to a happy 
settlement. Christ died to reconcile man to God. 

There is one God, and one mediator between God 
and men, the man Christ Jesus." 1 Tim. 2 : 5. 



WHATSOEVER YE DO. 

Do all to the glory of God. 1 Cor. 10 : 31. 
" "in the name of the Lord Jesus. Col. 3 : 17. 
" " heartily, as to the Lord. Col. 3 : 23. 



All natural growth ends in decay ; but growth in the 
knowledge and love of God ends in glory and immor 
tality. 

No one can write < A Life of Christ, " because it is not yet 
finished. 



Every sin is a fountain. 



EPITAPH IN A GRAVEYARD IN ENGLAND. 

I have sinned ; 
I have repented ; 
I have trusted ; 
I have loved ; 
I rest ; 
I shall rise ; 
I shall reign. 



200 NOTES FROM M7 BIBLE. 



Grace does not run in the blood, like corruption. 



Men will wrangle for religion, write for it, fight for it, 
die for it, anything but live for it. 



We ought to confess Christ, 

For the world s sake, 
For the church s sake, 
For our own sake, 
For Christ s sake. 



Bearing rule over bod)-. J Cor. 9 : 27. 
" " " soul. 2 Cor. 10 :5. 

" " " spirit. Prov. 16:32. 

THINGS THAT TEND TO POVERTY. 

Withholding more than is meet Prov. 11 : 24. 

Refusing instruction " 13 : 18. 

Idle talking , " 14 : 23. 

Love of sleep < 20 : 13. 

Oppressing the poor and giving to the rich. . " 22 : 16. 

Drunkenness, gluttony, and drowsiness " 23 :21. 

Following after vain persons " 28 : 19. 

Hastening to be rich " 28:22. 

Living far from Joseph s storehouses Gen. 45 : 11. 



" AGONIZE. 

Uted eight times In New Testament. 

In prayer. Col. 4:12. Translated " labor fervently." 
As a workman. Col. 1 :29. Translated "strive." 



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As a wrestler to gain the prize. 1 Cor. 9 : 25. Translated 

"strive." 

As a soldier. 1 Tim. 6 : 12 ; 4:7. Translated "fight." 
As a man who defends his friend from danger. John 18 : 

36. Translated "fight." 

For salvation. Luke 13 : 24. Translated " strive. " 
As the Lord Himself in Gethseinane. Luke 22 : 44. 

Translated agony. " 



Our faith must be tested. God builds no ships but what 
He sends to sea. 



Sin killed Jesus Christ. Let Him kill sin. 



As sleeps the oak within the acorn, so sleeps heaven within 
the first cry, * Abba, Father. " 



UNLESS. 

I had fainted unless I had believed. Ps. 27 : 13. 
Unless the Lord had been my help , my soul had almost 

dwelt in silence. Ps. 94 : 17. 
Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have 

perished in mine affliction. Ps. 119 : 92. 



CLEAN HANDS. 

For strength. Job 17:9. 

For reward. 2 Sam. 22 : 21 ; Ps. 18 : 20, 24. 

For acceptance. Ps. 24 : 3, 4. 

For worship. Ps. 26 : 6. 

For humbling. James 4 : 8. 



202 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

THE TEMPLE BUILT 



At Jerusalem (the place or possession of peace). 2 Chron. 

3 : 1. 
In Mount Moriah (the manifestation or sight of Jehovah). 

Gen. 22 : 2. 
Where the father spared not his son. Gen. 22 : 12; Rom. 

8 :32. 
Where God said, It is enough. 1 Chron. 21 :15 ; John 

19:30. 
Where the angel sheathed his sword. 1 Chron. 21 : 27 ; 

Zech. 13 : 7. 
Where corn was threshed. 2 Chron. 3:1; Isa. 53 : 10. 



TJir wicked are like, 

Bird s caught in a snare. Eccl. 9:12. 

Fishes taken in the net. Keel. 9 : 12. 

Sheep laid in the grave. Ps. 49 : 14. 

Deaf adder. Ps. 58 : 4. 

Ravening lion. Ps. 17:12. 
TJtry that trust in the Lord are like, 

A tree planted by the waters. Jer. 17:8. 

A green olive tree. Ps. 52 : 8. 

A green fir tree. Hosea 14:8. 

The palm tree. Ps. 92 : 12. 

A cedar in Lebanon. Ps. 92 : 12. 

A vine. Hosea 14:7. 

Willows. Isa. 44 : 4. 

A shock of corn. Job 5 : 26. 

The lily among thorns. Song of Solomon 2 : 2. 

A branch. Prov. 11 :28. 



MISCELLANEO US. 2 03 

Tlie wicked arc like, 

Heath in the desert. Jer. 17:6. 

A brier. Micah 7 : 4. 

A green bay tree. Ps. 37 : 35. 

Grass, green herb. Ps. 37 : 2. 

The chaff. Ps. 1 : 4. 

The stubble. Ps. 83 : 13. 



SPIRITUAL BANKRUPTCY. 

When the woman had spent all, she came to Jesus. 
Mark 5 : 26. 

When the prodigal had spent all, he came to his father. 
Luke 15: 14. 

When the Egyptians had spent all, they came to Joseph. 
Gen. 47 : 18. 

When the two debtors had nothing to pay, the creditor for 
gave them both. Luke 7 : 42 



The doctrines of grace, although they may be very healing, 
are at first very humbling. 



CHRIST IN THE GOSPELS. 

Matthew : The son of David. "Behold thy King." Zech. 

9:9. 
Mark: The servant of Jehovah. "Behold my servant." 

Isa. 42 : 1. 

Luke : The Son of man. " Behold the man." Zech. 6:12. 
John : The Son of God. " Behold your God. " Isa. 40: 9. 



204 NOTES FROM MY RTBLE. 

CHRIST THE BRANCH. 

Matthew: "I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, 
and a King shall reign." Jer. 23:5. 

Mark : "My Servant the Branch." Zech. 3:8. 

Luke: "Behold the man whose name is the Branch." 
Zech. 6: 12. 

John : "In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beau 
tiful and glorious." Isa. 4: 2. 



The Son in the bosom of the Father. John 1:18. 
The sinner in the " " " Son. " 13:25. 



We beheld His glory. John 1 : 14. Past. 

Beholding His glory. 2 Cor. 3:18. Present. 

That they may behold my glory. John 17:24. Future. 



Prayer : "Be not silent to me. " Ps. 28: 1. 
Promise: "Our God shall come and shall not keep si 
lence." Ps. 50:3. 



Some church-members have their roots on the church side 
of the fence, but their boughs stretch over the wall 
and drop the fruit into the world. 



If you lean out of the perpendicular, lean toward Christ. 



The cloak of a false profession will make an awful blazf 
when God burns up the stubble. 



MISCELLANEOUS. 205 

"HE WILL KEEP TUB FEET OP HIS SAINTS." 1 Sam. 2:9. 

Keep them shod. Eph. 6:15. 

Keep them from falling. Jude 24 ; Ps. 116 : 8. 

Keep them clean. John 13 : 5, 6. 

Guide them in the way of peace. Luke 1 : 79. 

Pluck them out of the net. Ps. 25 : 15. 

Set them on a rock. Ps. 40 : 2. 

Light them upon their path. Ps. 119 : 105. 

Bring them within His gates. Ps. 122 : 2. 



"THIS GOD IS OUR GOD." 

The God of Peace. Phil. 4 : 9. 

The God of Love. 2 Cor. 13 : 11. 

The God of Pardon. Neh. 9:17. 

The God of Salvation. Isa. 12:2. 

The God of Patience and Consolation. Rom. 15 : 5. 

The God of Hope. Rom. 15:13. 

The God of all Comfort. 2 Cor. 1 : 3. 

The God of all Grace. 1 Peter 5 : 10. 

The God of Glory. Acts 7 : 2. 



No inheritance without sonship, 
No sonship without spiritual birth, 
No spiritual birth without Christ, 
No Christ without faith. 



Atheism gives liberty, but destroys order. 
Superstition gives order, but destroys liberty. 
Christ gives both order and liberty. 



206 NOTE* FROM MY BTBLE. 

CONTRAST GOD S THOUGHTS OP MAN WITH MAN S 



THOUGHTS OF GOD : 

God yearned over the poor wanderer ; man looked on God 

as a hard master. 
God sent His only begotten Son to ransom man ; man 

offered thirty pieces of silver for Him. 
God s thoughts are toward man in reconciliation ; man s 

are away from God, heedless of His favors. 



When Jesus comes the second time, there will be no mis 
take as to His identity. 



Man s order : " Seeing is Believing." 
God s order: " Believing is Seeing." John 11 : 40. 
" Jesus said unto her, Said I not unto thee that if thou 
wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God ? " 



"Crowns are being distributed to-day, and I am going to 
receive one," said a dying martyr as she was being put 
to death. 



IF NOT, WHY NOT ? 

You call me master, and you do not question me. 
You call me the light, and you do not look to me. 
You call me the way, and you do not follow me. 
You call me the truth, and you do not believe me. 
You call me the life, and you do not wish for me. 
You call me the wise, and you give me no attention. 
You call me lovely, and you do not love me. 
You call me rich, and you do not ask for anything. 



MISCELLANEOUS. 207 

V T OU call me the everlasting, and you do not seek me. 
Vou call me merciful, and you do not trust me. 
Von call me almighty, and you do not honor me. 
Vou call me righteous, and you do not fear me. 



What have I done ? Jer. 8 : 6. 
How wilt thou do ? Jer. 12 : 5. 
What wilt thou say ? Jer. 13 : 21. 



WHAT CANNOT BE FULLY KNOWN. 

The love of Christ, which passeth knowledge. Eph. 3 : 19. 
The peace of God which passeth understanding. Phil 4 : 7. 
The ways of God, which are past finding out. Rom. 11: 33 



THREE STORMS. 

1. The storm of Jonah (chap. 2), which was sent as a pun 

ishment against Jonah for his sin, ceasing only when 
he was cast into the sea. Type of Jesus who could 
say, "All thy waves and thy billows are gone 
over me." Ps. 42 : 7. 

2. The storm in Acts (chap. 27), which did not cease, but 

a message from the Lord was sent to comfort His 
people in the midst of it. Picture of believers who 
in the midst of fierce tossings are encouraged by His 
word, knowing that they are "drawing near to some 
country" (Acts 27:27), "that is, an heavenly." 
Heb. 11 :16. 

3. The storm in Mark (chap. 4), which was stilled at once 

by the word of Jesus. Picture of the great calm 
Ho commands within the believer s heart. 



208 NOTES FROM MY BTBLE. 

FOUR GREAT SIGHTS. 

The eight that God nad : "God looked down ... to see 

..." Ps. 53 : 2. 
The sight that man had : "And all the people that came 

together to that sight, beholding ..." Luke 23 : 48. 
The sight that believers have: "We see Jesus." Heb. 

o o 

*d . 7. 

The sight that all men shall have: "Behold, He cometh 
. . . every eye shall see him. " Rev. 1 : 7. 



THE CHRISTIAN 8 SEVENFOLD POSITION. 

God has conferred upon believers a sevenfold position 
which cannot be sinned away, but which is dependent 
upon their practical state for its enjoyment. 

1. Relationship, for they are children. Rom. 8 : 16. 

2. Fellowship, for they are brothers. John 20 : 17. 

3. Dignity, for they are sons. Rom. 8 : 14. 

4. Glory, for they are heirs. Rom. 8 : 17. 

5. Separateness, for they are saints. 1 Cor. 1 : 2. 

6. Nearness, for they are priests. 1 Peter 2 : 5. 

7. Authority, for they are kings. Rev. 1 : 6. 



Jesus on earth His path, His spirit, His ways is the 
measure of our walk and obedience. 



THRKE CLASSES. 



The astonished " When Jesus had ended these sayings, 
the people were astonished at his doctrine." Matt. 

7:28. 



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The critical "And he taught them in their synagogue, 
. . . and they said, Whence hath this man this wisdom ? 
... Is not this the carpenter s son ? " Matt. 13 : 54, 
55. 

The trembling "As he reasoned of righteousness, tem 
perance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled." 
Acts 24 : 25. 



When Lot was safe out of Sodom, judgment came. 

When Noah was safe in the ark, judgment came. 

When the church is gathered home, judgment will come. 



AS THE SAND. 

Abraham s seed. Gen. 22 : 17. 

Joseph s corn. Gen. 41 : 49. 

David s seed. Jer. 33 : 22. 

Solomon s largeness of heart. 1 Kings 4:29. 

God s thoughts unto us. Ps. 139: 18. 



SATAN S COUNTERFEITS. 
The scarlet woman (Rev. 17) the bride. 
Babylon the great The New Jerusalem. 
A roaring lion The lion of the tribe of Judah. 
Barabbas (son of the father) The Son of the Father. 
Antichrist Christ. 

Lucifer, son of the morning the bright and morning 
Star. 

The compassion of Christ inclines Him to save sinners. 
The power of Christ enables Him to save sinners. 
The promises of Christ bind Him to save sinners. 
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210 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 



Faith gives us living joy and dying rest. 



Ever since sin entered the world, and death by sin, the 
earth has been a vast burying-ground for her children. 



SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION. 

" Predestinated to be conformed to the image of Jlis Son." 

Rom. 8 : 29. 
How the image is produced : 

Moulding in clay. Jer. 18 : 2, 6; Isa. 64 : 8; 45 : 9; 
" Lie still and let Him mould thee. " Luther. 

Sealing in wax or clay. Job. 38 : 14 ; 2 Tim. 2:19. 

Reflecting in a mirror. 2 Cor. 3 : 18; Prov. 27 :19. 

Engraving in precious stones. Ex. 28 : 9-21. 

Writing on tablets. 2 Cor. 3 : 3. 

Stamping or casting metals. Mark 12 : 16; 2 Chrou. 
4:17. 

Carving in wood. 1 Kings 6:18; Ex. 31 : 5. 
What preparation is needed: 

The clay dug up. Isa. 58 : 1. 

The wax melted. Ps. 22 : 14; Ps. 97 : 5. 

The mirror polished. 

" If the polish of the mirror were perfect, it wouV, be 
invisible; we should simply see the image of what is 
reflected. " Prof. Tyndall on Reflection, " 

The stones hewn, Isa. 51:1; 1 Kings 5:17; pol 
ished, Ps. 144 : 12. 

The precious stones found, Job 28 ;r, prepared, 
1 Chron. 29 : 2; cut and set, Ex. 31 : 5 



MISCELLANEO US. 211 

The metiils sought, Prov. 2:4; Job 28:1, 2; dug 
up, Job 28:2; melted, Prov. 17:3; purified, Mai. 
3:3; Prov. 25:4. 

The wood hewn. 1 Kings 5:6; "Is not this the car 
penter ? " Mark 6 : 3. 



THE LORD S SILENCE. 

Where is He silent ? 

Before Caiaphas. ("Jesns held his peace." Matt. 

26 : 63.) Heartless ecclesiasticism. 
Before Herod. ("He answered him nothing." Luke 

23 : 9.) Empty curiosity. 
Before Pilate. ("Jesus gave him no answer." John 

19:9.) Carping criticism. 
To what is He, silent ? 

To hypocrisy. John 8 : 6. "This they said, tempting 

him." 
To false accusation. Matt 15 : 2, 3, 5. " Why do thy 

disciples transgress the tradition of the elders ? " 
To foregone conclusions. John 19:9. " Whence art 

thou ? " 
What makes Him silent ? 

Men s contempt. Prov. 1 : 22-28. 
Men s carelessness. Song of Solomon 5 : 6. 
Men s selfishness. Amos 8 : 4-12. 
Men s sin. Isa. 1 : 15; Jer. 11 :2. 
When is He silent f 

In His love. Zeph. 3 : 17. 
In His wisdom. Matt. 15 : 23. 
In His power. Rev. 8:1. 



212 NOTES FROM \TT BTBLE. 

Wliy it He silent ? 
, To arouse men s consciences. John 8:6, 8. 

To increase our earnestness. Matt. 15:23. 

To educate faith. Job. 23 : 8 ; Matt. 15 : 23. 

To teach humility. Matt 15 : 23. 
To what is He not silent ? 

The prayer of the penitent. L .e 18 : 13; 2 Chron. 
7:14. 

The cry of the widow and orphan. Ex. 22 : 23. 

The voice of a child. Gen. 21 : 17. 

The desire for Himself. Prov. 8:17; Ps. 145 : 19. 

The cry of the need}-. Ps. 12:5; 72 : 12. 

The praise of His people. 2 Chron. 5 : 13, 14. 



The Spectrum of Love has nine ingredients (1 Cor. 13) : 
Patience Love suffereth long. " 
Kindness " And is kind." 
Generosity " Love envieth not." 

Humility " Love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up." 
Courtesy "Doth not behave itself unseemly." 
Unselfishness Seeketh not her own. " 
Good Temper " Is not easily provoked." 
Guileltsxness " Thinketh no evil. 
Sincerity Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in 
the truth." 



We have not to put out the eyes of our reason to see with 
the vision of faith ; but if once we are sure that God 
has spoken, we are to do His will, whether we under 
stand it or not. 



MISCELLANEOUS. 213 

IS THE LORD S HAND SHORTENED ? 

Asked respecting the Father. Num. 11 :23. 
" the Son. Isa. 50 :2. 

the Spirit. Micah 2 : 7. 



WITH ALL YOUR HEART. 

Seek the Lord. Deut. 4 : 29. 
Serve the Lord. Deut. 10 : 12. 
Love the Lord. Deut. 13 :3. 
Obey the Lord. Deut. 30 : 2. 
Turn unto the Lord. Deut. 30 : 10. 
Walk before the Lord. 1 Kings 2 : 4. 
Follow the Lord. 1 Kings 14:8. 
Praise the Lord. Ps. 86 : 12. 
Trust the Lord. Prov. 3 : 5. 



MIRRORS. 

The laver made of mirrors. Ex. 38 : 8. 
The Word a mirror 

1. In which we see ourselves. James 1 : 23, 24. 

2. " " " Him. 1 Cor. 13 : 12. 

Believers are mirrors to reflect his image. 2 Cor. 3 : 18. 



APPLY YOUR HEART. 

To wisdom. Ps. 90 : 12. 
To understanding. Prov. 2 : 2. 
To knowledge. Prov. 22 : 17. 
To instruction. Prov. 23 : 12. 



214 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

THE DISCIPLE WHOM JESUS LOVED. 

Leaning on Jesus bosom. John 13:23. The Rest of 

Love. 
Witnessing His death. John 19 : 26. The Confidence of 

Love. 
Running to the sepulchre. John 20 : 2, 4. The Activity of 

Love. 
Recognizing the Lord. John 21 : 7. The Quicksighted- 

ness of Love. 
Following Jesus. John 21 : 20. The Close Companionship 

of Love. 



PRISONS THAT COULD NOT KEEP GOD OUT. 

Joseph s. Gen. 39 : 20, 21. Mercy. 

The Egyptian s. Ex. 12:29. Death. 

Manasseh s. 2 Chron. 33 : 11-13. Answer to prayer. 

Jeremiah s. Jer. 32 :1 ; 33 : 1. The word of prophecy. 

Apostles . Acts 5 : 19. Deliverance. 

Peter s. Acts 12:7. Deliverance. 

Paul s and Silas s. Acts 16. 

Paul s. Eph. 3 : 1 ; 4 : 1 ; 2 Tim. 1:8; Philemon 1 : 9. 



That which lies in the well of your thought will come up in 
the bucket of your speech. 



THE LORD ON EVERY SIDE. 

Delivering from enemies. Judges 8 : 34. 
Giving rest. 1 Kings 5 : 4 ; 2 Chron. 14 :7. 
Guiding. 2 Chron. 32 : 22. 



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Hedging about. Job 1:10. 

Comforting. Ps. 71 : 21. 

Gathering His people. Ezek. 37 :21. 



A GOOD LAND. 

God s testimony : "A land that I had espied for them, 

flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all 

lands." Ezek. 20 : 6. 
The spies unwilling testimony : "We came unto the land 

whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk 

and honey." Num. 13 : 27. 
The enemy s testimony : " A land of corn and wine, a land 

of bread and vineyards, a land of oil olive and of 

honey." 2 Kings 18 : 32. 



GODS FINGER. 

In creation. Ps. 8 : 3. 
In the plagues. Ex. 8 : 19. 
In casting out devils. Luke 11 : 20. 
Writing on, 

The tables of stone. Ex. 31 : 18. 
The wall of the palace. Dan. 5 : 5. 
The temple floor. John 8 : 6. 
Believers hearts. 2 Cor. 3 : 2, 3. 

minds. Heb. 10 : 16. 
" foreheads. Rev. 14 : 1. 



God had one Son without sin, but He never had a son with 
out trial. 



216 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

THE PARABLE OP THE GOOD SAMARITAN. 
^ (Luke 10: 30.) 

A certain man the whole human race. 
Went down fell. 

From Jerusalem the place of blessing. In Salem also 
is His tabernacle, and His dwelling place in Zion. " Pa. 
76:2. 

To Jericho the place of the curse. "And Joshua ad 
jured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man be 
fore the Lord, that riseth up and buildeth this city 
Jericho. " Josh. 6 : 26. 

And fell among thieves Satan and his angels. 

Which stripped him of his raiment Satan stripped man of 
his innocency. 

And wounded him a wound which brought death to man 
kind. 

And departed having set man going, Satan could leave 
him on his path. " A child left to himself bringeth 
his mother to shame." Prov. 29:15. 

Leaving him half dead dead in soul, mortal in body. 

And by cluince that is, by coincidence. 

A certain priest the law. 

Came down that way going the same downward path. 
"None of them can by any means redeem his brother." 
Ps. 49:7. 

And ichen he saw him, he passed by on the other side unable 
or unwilling to help. 

And likewise a Levite ceremonials. 

But a certain Samaritan Jesus incarnate. 

As he journeyed it does not say "down." Perhaps he 
was journeying up to Jerusalem. 



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Came where he was became partaker of flesh and 
blood." Heb. 2:14. 

And ichen he saw him, he had compassion on him just as 
Jesus had when He saw the bereaved widow of Nain. 
Luke 7:13. 

And went to him, and bound up his wounds "with his 
stripes we are healed," at Calvary. 

Pouring in oil and wine at Pentecost. 

And set him on his own beast putting man in His own 
place. And hath raised us up together, and made us 
sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus." Eph. 
2 : 6. 

And brought him to an inn where all bonafide travelers 
were received. 

And took care of him knowing the negligence of the 
servants. 

And on the morrow when he departed to return to heaven. 

He took out tivo pence two gifts. 

And gave them to tlie host "But unto every one of us is 
given grace according to the measure of the gift of 
Christ." Eph. 4:7. 

And said unto him, Take care of him "Bear ye one an 
other s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. " Gal. 
6:2. 

And whatsoever thou spendest over, I icill repay thee no 
care shown to wounded travelers is forgotten. And 
the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say 
unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the 
least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." 
Matt. 25:40. 

When I come again His second coming. 



218 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 



PROMISES. 

Every promise is built on four pillars : 

1. God s justice and holiness, which will not suffer Him 
to deceive. 

2. His grace and goodness, which will not suffer Him to 
forget. 

3. His truth, which will not suffer Him to change. 

4. His power, which makes Him able to accomplish. 



God s promises always sustain a trusting soul ; never a 
doubting one. 



I am permitted to take salvation gratis " Whosoever 

will." Rev. 22:17. 

I am invited " Come unto me. " Matt. 1 1 : 28. 
I am entreated "As though God did beseech you." 

2 Cor. 5 : 20. 
I am commanded " This is His commandment." 1 John 

3:23. 
I am finally compelled "Compel them to come in." 

Luke 14 : 23. 



SYMBOLISM OF THE ROCK. 

1. God s strength: "In God is my salvation and my 

glory: the rock of my strength and my refuge is 
in God." Ps. 62:7. 

2. God s protection : "Be thou my strong rock, for an 

house of defence to save me." Ps. 31 : 2. 



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3. God s salvation : " He shall cry unto me, Thou art my 

Father, my God, and the rock of my salvation." 
Ps. 89 : 26. 

4. Christ s care : For they drank of that spiritual rock 

that followed them; and that rock was Christ." 
1 Cor. 10:4. 

5. The church s foundation: "Thou art Peter, and upon 

this rock I will build my church." Matt. 16 : 18. 



CHRIST S THREE "i COMES." 

Lo, I come (from heaven to earth). Ps. 40 : 7. 

I come to thee (from earth to heaven). John 17 : 11. 

I come quickly (from heaven to earth). Rev. 22 : 20. 



God is love. 1 John 4:16. Walk in love. Eph. 5 : 2. 
God is light. 1 John 1 : 5. Walk in the light. 1 John 1 :7. 
God is true. 2 Cor. 1 : 18. Walk in the truth. 3 John 4. 



UPON CHRIST S SHOULDERS. 

As High Priest the names of the tribes. Ex. 28 : 12. 
As King the government. Isa. 9 : 6. 
As Shepherd the lost sheep. Luke 15:5. 



" WHAT SHALL I DO ? " 

Asked by the people, the publicans, the soldiers who were 
under conviction. Luke 3:10, 12, 14. Answer: Re 
pent. 

Asked by a certain lawyer, in order to test Christ. Luke 
10:25. Answer: Obey. 



220 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

Asked by a certain rich man, in a spirit of avarice. Luke 

12:17. 
Asked by the unjust steward, under examination. Luke 

16:3. 
Asked by a certain ruler, in a spirit of inquiry. Luke 

18:18. Answer: Distribute. 
Asked by Jesus, in compassion Luke 18 : 41. 
Asked by the Lord of the vineyard, in long suffering. 

Luke 20: 13. 



A cake made out of memories will do for a bite now and 
then, but makes poor daily bread. We want the pres 
ent enjoyment of God. 



WITH ONE ACCORD. 

Unanimity in prayer. Acts 1 : 14; 4 : 24. 
Unanimity as to place. Acts 2:1, 46; 5 : 12. 
Unanimity in giving heed to the word. Acts 8 : 6. 
Unanimity as to peace in the church. Acts 15 : 25. 
Unanimity in glorifying God. Horn. 15 : 6. 
The iray of the world : 

Unanimity in hatred and enmity against the truth. 
Joshua 9: 2; Acts 7: 57; 18:12; 19:29. 

Unanimity in diplomacy. Acts 12 : 20. 



THE WORLD 18 OURS. 1 COR. 3 : 22. 

A field for sowing. John 4 : 35 ; 2 Cor. 9 : 6. 
An arena for contest and race. 1 Cor. 9 : 25, 26. 
A school in which we graduate. Isa. 54 : 13. 
A desert for pilgrim experience. Song of Solomon 8:5; 
Heb. 11 : 13. 



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ONE THING. 

Not one thing hath failed. Joshua 23 : 14. God s promises. 
One thing have I desired. Ps. 27 : 4. Communion. 
One thing befalleth. Eccl. 3 : 19. Death. 
One thing lacking. Mark 10 : 21. Conversion. 
One thing needful. Luke 10 : 42. The listening ear. 
One thing I know. John 9 : 25. Assurance. 
One thing I do. Phil. 3 : 13. Progress. 
Be not ignorant of this one thing. 2 Peter 3 : 8. The 
Lord s return. 



Demas fell, through the world. 2 Tim. 4 : 10. 
David fell, through the flesh. 2 Sam. 11 : 2-4. 
Peter fell, through the devil. Matt. 16 : 23. 



FIRE FROM HEAVEN. 
Denoting acceptance of sacrifices. 

Gen. 15 : 17. Abraham. 

Lev. 9 : 24. Altar of burnt offering. 

Judges 6 : 21. Gideon. 

1 Kings 18 : 24-38. Elijah. 

1 Chron 21 : 26. David. 

2 Chron. 7 : 1-3. Solomon. 



TRANSFIGURED TRANSLATED TRANSFORMED. 
Christ 

Was transfigured on the mount. Matt. 17 : 2. 
Was translated at His ascension. Acts 1 : 9. Compare 
Heb. 11:5. 



222 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

We- 

, Are translated at conversion. Col. 1 : 13. 

Are being transformed by sanctification. Rom. 12 : 2. 
Expect to be translated at His coming. 1 Thess. 4 : 

16, 17. 
Shall be transfigured when we see Him. 1 John 3 : 2. 



JUSTIFICATION. 

By God, the author of it. Rom. 3 : 26. 

By Grace, the source of it. Rom. 3 : 24. 

By Blood, the ground of it. Rom. 5 : 9. 

By Faith, the principle of it. Rom. 3 : 28 ; 5:1. 

By the Resurrection of Jesus, the acknowledgment of it. 

Rom. 4 : 25. 
By Works, the manifestation of it. James 2 : 21-25. 

Sin w, Jesu* Christ is, 

Folly. Ps. 38 : 5. Wisdom. 1 Cor. 1 : 30. 

Darkness. Col. 1 : 13. Light. John 1 : 9. 

Poison. Num. 21 : 6 ; The Antidote. Num. 21:9; 

Ps. 58:4. John 3:14, 15. 

Sickness. 1 Cor. 11 : 30. Health. Mai. 4 : 2. 



God wants as a sacrifice our persons. Rom. 12 : 1. 
our property. Phil. 4 :18. 
our praises. Heb. 13 : 15. 



MARY AT THE FEET OF JESUS. 

The prophet, teaching her. Luke 10 : 39. 
The priest, comforting her. John 11 : 32. 
The king, anointed by her. John 12 :3. 



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Sin past, present, and future recognized and provided 
for : - 

Past. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a 
liar. 1 John 1 : 10. 

Present. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive our 
selves. 1 John 1 : 8. 

Future. If any man sin, we have an advocate with the 
Father. 1 John 2:1. 



FAINT NOT. 

In prayer. Luke 18 : 1. 

In confidence. 2 Cor. 4:1. 

In hope. 2 Cor. 4 : 16. 

In work. Gal. 6 : 9. 

At tribulations. Eph. 3 :13. 

In well-doing. 2 Thess. 3:13. 

Under chastening and rebuke. Heb. 12:5. 



IT 18 THE PRIVILEGE AND DUTY OP 

The Lord s people (Matt. 1 : 21 ; 2 Cor. 6:16), on 
" day (Acts 20 : 7 ; Rev. 1 : 10), to gather 

around 

" table (1 Cor. 10 : 21), to eat 
" " supper (1 Cor. 11 : 20), in remembrance of 

" death (1 Cor. 11 : 26), discerning 
<- body (1 Cor. 11 : 29), until 

" coming (1 Cor. 11 : 26), all linked together 

in 
name (Matt. 18:20). 



224 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

" BUT FOB A MOMENT." 
> 

The hypocrite s joy. Job 20 : 5. 
The Lord s anger. Ps. 30 : 5. 
The liar s tongue. Prov. 12 :19. 
Our light affliction. 2 Cor. 4 : 17. 



WHEN YOU HAVE CROSSED JORDAN, 

Beware of idolatry. Deut. 4 : 15-24. 

He not unequally yoked with unbelievers. Deut. 7 : 1-3. 

Beware lest thine heart be lifted up. Deut. 8 : 11-18. 

Be separate. Deut. 18:9-14. 

Be honest and upright. Deut. 19:14. 

Be courageous. Deut. 20 : 3-4. 

Destroy the Lord s enemies. Deut. 25 : 19. 

Give the firstfruits to God. Deut. 26 : 1, 2. 

Love and obey the Lord. Deut. 30 : 20. 



God working for us. 1 Sam, 14 :6. 

God working in us. Heb. 13, 21 ; Phil. 2 : 13. 

God working by us. 2 Cor. 5 : 20. 

God working with us. Mark 16 :20; 2 Cor. 6:1. 



OUR DWELLING PLACE. 

1. " One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek 

after ; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord 
all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the 
Lord, and to inquire in His temple. " Ps. 27 : 4. 

2. "He that dwelhth in the secret place of the Most High 

shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." Ps. 
91:1. 



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3. " Lord, thou hast been our dwelling-place in all genera 
tions." Ps. 90:1. 



"PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OP GOD. 
Eph. 6: 11-17. 

The girdle of truth (for service). "I am the truth." John 
14:6. 

The breast-plate of righteousness (for the affections). 
The Lord our Righteousness. " Jer. 23 : 6. 

The sandals of the preparation of the gospel of peace (for 
walk). " He is our peace. " Eph. 2 : 14. 

The shield of faith (for temptation). "The author and 
finisher of our faith. " Heb. 12:2. 

The helmet of salvation (for protection). "The Lord is 
my salvation." Ps. 27 : 1. 

The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (for de 
fence). " The Word was God. " John 1 : 1. 
" Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ." Rom. 13 : 14. 



CHRIST ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES. 

The triumphal entry. Luke 19 : 29, 37. 

Weeping over Jerusalem. Luke 19 : 41-44. 

Prophetic teaching. Matt. 24; 25. 

The night watches. Luke 21 : 37 ; 22 : 39. 

The agony in the garden. Matt. 26 : 30. 

The ascension (the last spot upon which He stood). Acts 

1:12. 
The coming again (the next place on which His feet shall 

stand). Zech. 14 : 4. 
15 



226 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

HEBRON. 



The place of Separation. Gen. 13 : 18. 
The place of Worship. Gen 13 : 18. 
The starting point for Victory. Gen. 14 : 13. 
The place of Communion. Gen. 18:1, 33. 
The place of Promise. Gen. 18 : 10, 14. 
The place of Intercession. Gen. 18 : 23-32. 
The place of Conquest. Joshua 10 : 36, 37. 
A city of Refuge. Joshua 21 : 11, 13. 
The place of Weeping. 2 Sam. 3 : 32. 
The place of Union. 2 Sam. 5:1. 
The place of Anointing. 2 Sam. 5 : 3. 
The place of Sovereignty. 2 Sam. 5 : 5. 



NO DIFFERENCE. 

Condemnation. "There is no difference: for all have 

sinned and come short of the glory of God. " Rom. 3 : 

22, 23. 
Salvation. "There is no difference . . . for the same 

Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him." 

Rom. 10: 12. 



THE CUP. 

1. The cup of wrath, which all deserve. " For in the hand 

of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red ; it is 
full of mixture ; and he poureth out of the same ; 
but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth 
shall wring them out, and drink them. " Ps. 75 : 8. 

2. The cup of salvation, offered to all. "I will take the 

cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord. " 
Ps. 116 :13. 



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3. The cup of blessing, for believers. My cup runneth 

over. " Ps. 23 : 5. 

4. The cup of suffering, which all must drink. "But 

Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. 
Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink 
of ? " Matt. 20 : 22. 

5. TJie cup of consolation, also for believers. "Neither 

shall men tear themselves for them in mourning, to 
comfort them for the dead ; neither shall men give 
them the cup of consolation to drink for their father 
or for their mother." Jer. 16 : 7. 

6. A cup of refreshing, which all may give. And who 

soever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones 
a cup of cold water only, in the name of a disciple, 
verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his 
reward." Matt. 10 : 42. 

7. The cup of communion and testimony, for believers. 

" After the same manner also he took the cup, when 
he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament 
in my blood : this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in re 
membrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, 
and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord s death till 
he come." 1 Cor. 11 : 25, 26. 



The great outlet of sin is the tongue ; the great inlets of 
temptation are the ear and the eye ; but of the whole 
body the heart is mistress. Therefore let grace rule 
the heart, and the whole man shall be subject. 



TWO SITTINGS. 

Christ fans to get rid of the chaff. Matt. 3 : 12. 
Satan sifts to get rid of the wheat. Luke 22 : 31. 



228 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

AT ROME. 

Judgment escaped. Ex. 9 : 19. 
Work sifted. Haggai 1 : 9. 
Labors ended. Luke 17:7. 
With the Lord. 2 Cor. 5 : 8. 



CHRISTIAN PROGRESS. 

Onward. Kx. 40 : 36. 
Forward. Ezek. 1 : 9-12. 
Not backward. Jer. 7 : 24 ; 15:6. 
Upward. Eccl. 3 : 21 ; Prov. 15 : 24. 
Still upward. Ezek. 41 : 7. 
Godward. 1 Thess. 1 : 8. 
Homeward. Isa. 14:17 (margin). 
Heavenward. Acts 1:10. 
Toward the mark. Phil. 3:14. 



WHO 18 MY NEIGHBOR ? 

The one who needs my help. Luke 10 : 29. 

The one with whom 1 can share the lamb. Ex. 12 : 4. 

There is a great difference between sin dwelling, and reign 
ing in us. It dwells in every believer, but reigns in the 
unbeliever. 



God has two thrones, one in the highest heavens, the other 
in the lowliest heart. 



The blood alone makes us safe. The Word alone makes us 
sure. 



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We are, as to our bodies, in Egypt : 

" " " experience, in the wilderness: 
" " " faith, in the Holy Land. 



THE LAMB OF GOD. 

On the altar. John 1 : 29. 
On the throne. Rev. 5: 6. 
In eternity. 1 Peter 1:19, 20. 



THE JOY OF THE LORD. 

The shepherd s joy over his sheep. Luke 15: 5, 7. 

The seeker s joy " the piece of silver. Luke 15:9. 

The father s joy " the prodigal. Luke 15: 24. 

The purchaser s joy " the treasure. Matt. 13:44. 

The healer s joy " the cleansed ones. Jer. 33:9. 

The Creator s joy " His works. Ps. 104:31. 

The sower s joy " the sheaves. Ps. 126:6. 

The father s joy " his wise child. Prov. 23:24; 17:21. 

The king s joy " the willing people. 1 Chron. 29: 

9-17. 

The Master s joy " His disciples. John 15:11. 
The bridegroom s joy over his bride. Isa. 62: 5. 

" Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." Matt. 25: 21. 



SIMILES OF UNION BETWEEN CHRIST AND THE BELIEVER. 

As father and son. John 17: 21. 

As Adam and the race. 1 Cor. 15:22. 

As food with the body. John 6 : 56, 67. 



230 NOTES FROM M7 BIBLE. 

As stones in a building. Eph. 2: 20-22. 
As a vine and its branches. John 15:5. 
As the body and the head. Eph. 4: 15, 16. 
As bride and bridegroom. Eph. 5:31, 32. 



SEVEN CHANGES. 

A changed mind. Repentance. 

" " heart. Regeneration. 

" " life. Conversion. 

" " standing. Justification. 

" " relationship. Sonship. 

" " sen-ice. Sanctification. 

" " body. .Glorification. 



FOUR TYPICAL MEN IN GENESIS, AND THEIR BRIDES. 

Adam (human nature) : his bride part of himself. 

Isaac (death and resurrection): his bride fetched by the 

Hoi}* Spirit. 

Jacob (the servant): his bride the fruit of his labor. 
Joseph (the head of his brethren): his bride nearer to him 

than his brethren. 



ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES. 

Compare : 

David weeping over his rejection by Jerusalem. 2 Sam. 

15 : 30. 
Jesus weeping over His rejection by Jerusalem. Luke 

19:41. 
David foretelling his return. 2 Sam. 15 : 25. 



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Jesus foretelling His return. Matt. 24; 25. 

David contemplating his habitation. 2 Sam. 15 : 25. 

Jesus contemplating the temple. Mark 13 : 3. 

David wont to worship there. 2 Sam. 15 : 32. 

Jesus wont to resort thither. Luke 22 : 39. 

David s servants sharing his rejection. 2 Sam. 16 : 6. 

Jesus servants sharing His rejection. John 15 : 20. 

David forbidding his servants to take vengeance. 

2 Sam. 16:9, 10. 
Jesus forbidding His servants to take vengeance. 

Matt. 26 : 51-53. 

David s reward for his faithful servant. 1 Kings 2 : 7. 
Jesus reward for His faithful servant. Luke 22 : 25-30. 
Contrast : 

A sorrowful procession. 2 Sam. 15. 
A joyful procession. Luke 19:35-38. 
David cursed by Shimei. 2 Sam. 16 : 5-8, 13. 
Jesus kissed by the traitor. Luke 22 : 47, 48. 
David s servants on his right hand and on his left. 

2 Sam. 16:6. 

Jesus forsaken by His disciples. Mark 14 : 50. 
Shimei cursing as he went. 2 Sam. 16:13. 
Jesus blessing as He went. Luke 24 : 50. 



Never was there a lock of soul-trouble yet, but there was a 
key to it in God s word. 



"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesuer 
Christ " - 

Who hath blessed us. Eph. 1 : 3. Past. 
Who comforteth us. 2 Cor. 1 : 3, 4. Present. 



232 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

Who hath begotten us again unto a lively hope. 
1 .Peter 1 : 3. Future. 



CHRIST 8 SHORTEST ANSWERS. 

"Go." Matt. 8:32. 
"Come." Matt. 14:29. 



NEW YEAR 8 DAYS. 

Atonement. Ezek. 45 : 18. 

Cleansing. 2 Chron. 29: 17. 

Obedience. Ezra 10:17. 

Starting on a journey. Ezra 7 : 9. 

Worship. Ex. 40 : 2. 

Fears removed. Gen. 8:13. 

The word of the Lord came. Ezek. 29 : 17. 



Keep away from places where people say to you, " I did n t 
expect to see you here I " 



THE TENDERNESS OP OOD. 

As a father pitieth. Ps 103 : 13. 
As a mother comforteth. Isa. 66 : 13. 
As a hen gathereth. Matt. 23 : 37. 
As an eagle fluttereth. Deut. 32 : 11. 
As a nurse cherisheth. 1 Thess. 2 : 7. 
As a shepherd seeketh. Ezek. 34 : 12. 
As a refiner sitteth. Mai. 3 : 3. 
As a bridegroom rejoiceth. Isa. 62 : 5. 



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HOW TO UNDERSTAND THE SCRIPTURES. 

1. Pray earnestly for divine illumination. Ps. 119 : 18. 

2. Meditate devoutly on the truths revealed. Ps. 119 : 97. 

3. Inquire honestly, with a readiness to do the will of 

God when revealed. Acts 8 : 31-38. 

4. Compare scripture with scripture. 1 Cor. 2:13. 



A change of heart in regeneration is, 

1. Essential. Man may be saved without friends, 

money, honor, but not without the new birth. John 
3 : 3, 5. 

2. Thorough and universal. 2 Cor. 5 : 17. " All things 

are become new." 

3. Above nature. It is by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Eph. 1:19. 



A SCRIPTURAL SUM. 

The text for the following Scriptural sum may be found in 
2 Peter 1 : 5-7. It is as follows : 

Add to your faith, virtue. 

Add to your virtue, knowledge. 

Add to your knowledge, temperance. 

Add to temperance, patience. 

Add to patience, godliness. 

Add to godliness, brotherly kindness. 

Add to brotherly kindness, charity. 

Answer. For if these things be in you, and abound, they 
make you that ye shall be neither barren nor unfruit 
ful in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. 



234 NOTES FROM MY BIBLE. 

, THE LORD S PRATER. 

1. Our Fattier believers are children. John 1 : 12, 13; 

Gal. 3 :26 ; 1 John 5 : 1. 

2. Hallowed be Thy name believers are worshipers. John 

4 : 23 ; Phil. 3 : 3. 

3. Thy kingdom come believers are subjects. Luke 12 : 

32 ; 22 : 29, 30. 

4. TJiy icill be done believers are servants. John 12 : 26 ; 

Rom. 6 : 1G ; 1 Peter 2 : 1C. 

5. Give us our need/it I food believers are beggars. Matt. 

7 : 7-11 ; John 14 : 13, 14. 

6. Forgive our trespasses believers are sinners. Rom. 7 : 

21 ; 1 John 1 : 8, 9. 

7. Deliver us from evil believers are saints. Rom. 1:7; 

1 Cor. 1 : 2 ; 2 Tim. 1 : 9. 



SEVEN VOICES OF JESUS. 

Shepherd s "Follow me." John 10 : 27. 
Masters " Occupy." Luke 19 : 13. 
Saviours " Come unto me." Matt. 11 : 28. 
Teachers " Learn of me." Matt. 11 : 29. 
Bridegrooms Open to me. " Songs of Sol. 5 : 2. 
Friend s "I will sup with him." Rev. 3 :20. 
Physician s Wilt thou be made whole ? " John 5 : G. 



BIBLE SIGNALS. 

Danger : " The wages of sin is death." Rom. 6 : 23. 
Caution: "Try the spirits whether they be of God." 

1 John 4 :1. 

Safety : Christ Jesus came into the world to save sin 
ners." 1 Tim 1 :15. 



MISCELLANEOUS. 235 



Protection: " The Lord shall preserve thy going out and 
thy coming in." Ps. 121 : 8. 



Theodore Monod said : " After all, obedience is the best 
commentary on the Bible. Do, and you will knoio." 



JESUS CHRIST, A SAVIOUR OP ALL CLASSES. 

1 . The Astronomer Christ, the Bright and Morning Star. 

Rev. 22 :16. 

2. The Baker Christ, the True Bread. John 6 : 32. 

3. The Botanist Christ, the Plant of Renown. Ezek. 34: 

29. 

4. The Builder Christ, the Foundation. Isa. 28:16. 

Christ, the Chief Corner Stone. 1 Peter 2 : 6. 

5. The Carpenter Christ, a nail fastened in a sure place. 

Isa. 22 : 23. 

6. The Electrician Christ, the Light of the world. John 

8, 12. 

7. The Fanner Christ, a Corn of Wheat. John 12 : 24. 

8. The Florist Christ, the Rose and the Lily. Cant. 

2 :1. 

9. The Geologist Christ, the Rock of Ages. 1 Cor. 10:4. 
10 The Herbalist Christ, a Cluster of Camphire. Cant. 

1:14. Christ, the Root of Jesse. Isa. 11 : 10. 
ll^The Horticulturist Christ, the True Vine. John 
15 :1. 

12. The Lawyer Christ, the Testator or Covenanter. 

Heb. 9 :16, 17. 

13. The Merchant Christ, the Pearl of great price. Matt. 

13 :46. 



23G NOTES FROM MT BTKLE. 

14. The Physician Christ, the Balm of Gilead. Jer. 
8 : 22. 

15. TJie Sailor Christ, a refuge from the storm. Isa. 

25:4. 

16. The Shepherd Christ, the Lamb without blemish and 

without spot. 1 Peter 1 : 19. 



FIVE "IPS TO BEWARE OP. 

1. "If thou wilt." Luke 5 : 12. Doubt of divine will 

ingness. 

2. "If thou canst." Mark 9 : 22. Doubt of divine power. 

3. "If I may." Matt. 9:21. Doubt of personal fitness. 

4. "If it be thqu." Matt. 14 : 28. Doubt of divine word. 

5. "If the Lord would make windows in heaven." 2 Kings 

7 : 2. Doubt of divine providence. 



8EVEN-POLD REJECTION OP CHRIST. 

His own World. John 1:10. 

" Nation. John 1 : 11. 

" Country. Mark G : 4. 

" City. . Luke 4 : 29. 

" Kindred. John 7:5. 

" Elders and chief priests and scribes. Luke 

9 :22. 

" Disciple. Mark 14: 71. 



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